Two valuable and occasionally controversial pieces of public art in downtown Binghamton have received some special attention.
The sculptures at the Government Plaza on Hawley Street got a thorough cleaning Friday.
The pressure washing work was done by Monumenta Art Conservation and Finishing under contract from the state Office of General Services.
Monumenta co-owner Abigail Mack and a company employee worked to remove dirt and debris from the "Cono Tronco" and "I-Beam" sculptures.
At one point, they discovered some mud wasps and a chicken bone inside "Cono Tronco" - which is Italian for "broken cone."
Sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro was paid $75,000 by the state for the project about a half-century ago.
Artist and architect Masao Kinoshita received $205,000 for his work called "I-Beam."
A third sculpture - "Dawn's Column" by Louise Nevelson - had been located near Binghamton City Hall. It was removed last November because it needs repairs. Nevelson was paid $60,000 for that sculpture. It's now in storage.
State officials won't say what the three sculptures are worth, although people familiar with them say they now could be valued at a few million dollars.
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