A New Crane Lands on the Circle

Maybe it’s just those of us who work on the Circle who noticed, but the big red crane that has been nesting downtown seemed to turn yellow a few days ago. In fact, the Indiana Department of Administration swapped them right under the Circle Citizen’s nose. The larger 500,000-pound crane returned to R.H. Marlin on the south side, and the smaller yellow machine was brought in to install some light drainage fittings atop the Monument. Water infiltration, after all, was a major contributor to the deterioration of the Victory statue that caused this whole mess.
So we’ll have this yellow bird around for a week or two, and the larger crane will return in the fall when it’s time for the heavy lifting of the statue itself. Repairs to the bronze lady, we’re told, are on schedule.
In the meantime, check out this history of Victory: www.in.gov/iwm/2439.htm. The blueprint alone is worth a visit.

Comiskey joined the magazine in 2006, shortly after completing an MA in journalism at Indiana University. During graduate school, he served as arts & culture editor of the Indiana Alumni Magazine and wrote for newspapers throughout the state. Comiskey’s long-form features have won a number of Society of Professional Journalists Awards, and have taken him inside sperm banks, across the country in a semi, and to the home of the world’s smallest books. He lives in Zionsville with his wife and three children. Email him at [email protected]