Ask Joe: Is Carson City eagle sculpture ever going to be installed?
From the Ask Joe file, we are following up on a viewer question about a big landmark that's been in the works for quite a while in Carson City.
Art Koron wrote asking, Whatever happened to the big eagle sculpture that was going to be installed at the south end of the newly completed Carson City freeway?
Here's what I found out:
The installation of the eagle was delayed for several months because of some engineering issues. It took a little longer to figure out how to install the eagle in a way where it really is secure and won't blow away in our high winds.
Good news: The eagle was installed this week at the south end of I-580 in Carson City. The eagle is made of aluminum and it's attached to a steel base that looks like a tree trunk.
You can't miss it. It is 8 feet tall and weighs 800 pounds. It was commissioned by an Idaho artist at a cost of about $40,000.
NDOT put the eagle out on display during the freeway opening ceremonies so a lot of people have been wondering where it is.
There is also an eagle sculpture on the north end of the freeway as well.
NDOT did conduct an informal survey to pick a name for the eagle, and the most popular suggestion was "Freedom." So "Freedom" is now perched in the appropriate spot. It wasn't easy but he's there now!