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The Eiffel Tower with inner tubes

May 01, 2003|From Associated Press

American artist Jeff Koons plans to erect a 360-foot-tall sculpture in Hamburg, Germany -- two cranes with outsize inner tubes dangling down -- that he hopes will rival the effect of the Eiffel Tower.

Koons was commissioned to redesign the Spielbudenplatz square, located near the Reeperbahn boulevard that runs through the port city's red-light district.

Construction is slated to begin this year, said Mario Mettbach, the Hamburg official in charge of building projects. He put the total cost at $5.5 million, part of which is to be covered by private sponsors.

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