'Freedom' statue to be refurbished, repainted after it was vandalized

Updated: August 04, 2020 06:25 PM
Created: August 04, 2020 10:56 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A statue honoring the victims of 9/11 has been removed after a complaint that it was vandalized came in last Thursday.

"Freedom" was an addition to the Horses on Parade, a project founded by Dixon Schwabel’s CEO Lauren Dixon.

As the horse’s sponsor, Dixon Schwabel released this statement:

“It [the statue] was taken down this morning and transported to the original artist in Pittsford to be refurbished and repainted. It’s expected to be finished and back in place in the next few weeks, definitely before Sept. 11 as the horse honors 9/11 victims and their families.”

Rochester Police tweeted out photos of the removal process adding the statue is "being escorted to get fixed."

The Chamber of Commerce owns the horse and previously said it does not know how much it will cost to repair the damage.

Previously, the statue sat on the median of I-490 between the Culver Road and Winton Road exits.

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