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Well Known Sculpture faces Uncertain Future

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Blue Sky is frustrated with how the city has handled his sculpture's placement. Blue Sky is frustrated with how the city has handled his sculpture's placement.
Finlay Park is a possible location for the "Busted Plug." Finlay Park is a possible location for the "Busted Plug."

By: Emily Pacillo 

The giant fire hydrant with spraying water called the “Busted Plug” on Taylor Street has to be moved because the property it sits on was sold and the new owners didn't want it in their parking lot.

The “Busted Plug” was created by artist Blue Sky, but is now owned by the city.

“They're trying to decide where it'll go and I've shown them many places and they don't like any of the places I've suggested, and then I realized real quickly I'm powerless in this situation, I have no authority whatsoever,” said Blue Sky.

The sculpture was created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of AgFirst Farm Credit Bank and it took over a year to complete.  The piece weighs 675,000 pounds and Blue Sky says it cost about a quarter of a million dollars to build in the AgFirst building's parking lot.

AgFirst moved out of it's building a couple of years ago and donated the sculpture to the city along with $25,000 to have it moved.

“I guess whoever's leasing this property doesn't want a 38 foot tall fire hydrant in front of their building,” said Blue Sky.

Columbia spokesperson, Shireese Bell, doesn't know what the city will do with the sculpture.

“Well, the 'Busted Plug' was gifted to the city, at this point no decision has been made about the Busted Plug, at the last meeting it was stated that it would be at Finlay Park, but no decision has been made,” said Shireese Bell.

Blue Sky has seven large pieces of public art around Columbia including “Tunnelvision,” a mural on the former AgFirst building behind the “Busted Plug”.   That giant mural will stay.  Blue Sky's “Never Bust” is a huge chain linking two buildings together on Main Street.

“Let me tell you, I am not a favorite artist in this town.  There are many other artists that they favor more than me,” said Blue Sky.

Until the city decides what to do, the “Busted Plug” will remain without a home.

The city's decision on where the sculpture will be moved will not be announced until the next couple of months.

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