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Tacoma’s Once & Future Sun King
Tacoma's Sun King is returning. What, you didn't know that Tacoma had a Sun King? That's okay, you're not alone.
The Sun King is the name of the large bronze sculpture that once stood in front of what is now the Murano, but was then the Sheraton. Created in 1976, the sculpture stood in front of the Sheraton site on Broadway Plaza for 30 years. In 2008 it was removed and placed in storage to make way for the enormous glass and steel sculpture titled "Orizon" that stands there now.
The Daily Index reports that the City is advertising for bids to reinstate the Sun King, not in front of the hotel, but in the park that sits in the loop where where 15th Street drops down to meet Dock Street adjacent to the Esplanade.
The timeline for installation of the Sun King is dependent on bids received - whether they fall within the $25,000 budget. If bids don't fall under that budget, the project will be shelved. Bids are due by December 19, and we should know by Christmas whether or not it will happen.
Read more from the Daily Index.
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