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OLDEST: "Nude in Steel," by Hans Wehrli.

This statue was the first piece of art purchased by the Public Art Commission. It was acquired in 1976 in commemoration of America's bicentennial celebration. It is currently hidden from view -- inside a large box to protect it from the surrounding construction going on at the library. According to DeMarzo, one of the city's librarians told her that the sculpture has a secret admirer, who places a flower behind the statue's ear every few days. "I think somebody loves her," the librarian says. Photo by Bill Jackson.

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