"Helmholtz" Statue Being Disassembled for Repairs

By Eric DeFreeuw

August 9, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Construction crews were on site Friday morning outside the Fort Wayne Museum of Art taking apart "Helmholtz" so it can be sent to California for repairs.

The statue was destroyed in July when 23 year-old Adam Adamonis crashed his pick-up truck into the statue. Alcohol is believed to have been involved in the wreck.

Crews are now working to disassemble the piece so that it can be delivered back to the sculptor in California where work will begin to reassemble, repair, and disassemble the piece before it can be sent back.

"The interesting thing is, it was produced in the early 80's, so there's no cad cam or blueprint for this,” says the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Executive Director Charles Shepard. “It's all been done from his sketches which he has to reassemble. And his team will take measurements for him and come up with the fact that 'this has to be this long, this big, this much around,' then they'll cut a piece, test the piece, make sure it does look the way he believes it should look. That's going to be quite a process actually."

The timetable for the repair is unknown at this time, but the project is completely covered by insurance and will not cost the city or tax payers a dime.

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