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SIOUX CITY -- A majority of voters want an iconic, bright yellow Sioux City sculpture, often referred to as the "French Fries," repainted blue.

More than 1,000 votes were cast to change the iconic sculpture's color scheme over a three-week period in September, which included the center's annual ArtSplash celebration over Labor Day weekend. Voters had the option of choosing a red, blue or yellow color scheme for the sculpture, which is titled "Sioux City." Blue was the top vote-getter.

The repainting is being scheduled, the Art Center said in a statement Friday.

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Sculptor John Henry has used one of the three primary colors, blue, red and yellow, for many years. He allowed "Sioux City" to be repainted in any one of those colors. The 56-foot tall steel and aluminum sculpture was constructed in 1977 and first installed in downtown Sioux City in 1978. Funded equally by the National Endowment of the Arts with matching funds provided by then-Iowa Beef Processors, Inc., Sioux City has become as recognizable as any other landmark in the community.

Henry has created dozens of monumental sculptures that are installed throughout the United States and have been exhibited in Canada, Korea, Japan and throughout Europe. Sioux City is the only large sculpture by Henry in Iowa.

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