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Duke Energy building sculpture to get facelift

The light sculpture on the side of Duke Energy’s building at 526 S. Church St. will be upgraded after weather and birds damaged the structure over the years, Duke said today.

Rather than spend money on maintaining the aging artwork, Duke said plans include upgrading wiring and replacing glass neon tubes with energy-efficient light emitting diodes.

Known as the Quadrille, the 40-by-40-foot sculpture, created by artist Michael Hayden, has been on display since 1996.
In a press release, Duke did not disclose the cost of the renovation, which will be borne by shareholders.

The upgrades, slated to begin next week, are expected to take about a month.

Duke said the project will reduce the artwork’s energy use.

Signage Industries of Archdale, N.C., which installed the original Quadrille, is handling the renovations.

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