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Raleigh to fix tornado damage to iconic acorn

Posted November 2, 2011

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— The giant acorn that Raleigh uses to ring in the new year at the annual First Night festival is slated for repairs.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to pay sculptor David Benson $3,400 to install three new copper panels on the 1,250-pound, steel-and-copper acorn.

The acorn, which spends 364 days of the year in Moore Square downtown, was damaged during the April 16 tornado that swept through Raleigh, officials said.

During Artsplosure’s First Night Raleigh celebrations on New Year’s Eve, the acorn is lowered from a crane downtown to mark the countdown to the new year.

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  • concreteman Nov 3, 2011

    A fool is a person who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

  • dwntwnboy Nov 3, 2011

    "There should be an admittance fee to participate in FirstNight"- there is and has been for years. I THINK it's what? $10? $5? Haven't been in years since my other job keeps me busy that night taking care of all the rest of the folks celebrating.

  • Fun Nov 3, 2011

    At first I thought the "million dollar bridge" would the first toll road, now I'm thinking its a deer crossing. Enviormentally green thinker...Meeker. Ugh !

  • djofraleigh Nov 2, 2011

    $3400 is less than a penny for each resident of Raleigh.n-- comment

    That mentality by the citizenry of Raleigh could over time put the city into billion dollar debt....which it already is.

    Still, the million dollar walking bridge over west Raleigh beltline to the Art Museum is there for the wealthy residents to stroll safely about their exercise. And there's the Shimmer art on the civic center downtown for all to marvel at a time or two.

    The nut, shimmer art, fancy walking bridge, downtown blvd art color tower...these are all symbols of The City of Raleigh's priorities and values, and hypocritic nature.

  • fayncmike Nov 2, 2011

    "The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to pay sculptor David Benson $3,400 to install three new copper panels on the 1,250-pound, steel-and-copper acorn."

    That's municipal chunk change. What's the big deal? Pay the man.

  • justafella Nov 2, 2011

    It was damaged by a rouge gang of Squirrels trying to open it!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Nov 2, 2011

    $3400 is less than a penny for each resident of Raleigh. You are worried about that? Really? I am not sure what would happen to you if you had something real to worry about.

  • Big Daddy Cain Nov 2, 2011

    WHAT?!!??!! THIS IS HORRIBLE! Just another fine example of the city spending outrageous amounts of money for something downtown.

    I certainly am not capable of thinking of how much money the first night event brings into the city, but I'll sound good saying it! Darn I wish I had a pitchfork to wave in the air!

  • Dat MoFo Nov 2, 2011

    "Iconic"? Since when?

  • dgcreech Nov 2, 2011

    I agree with NCcarguy here. There should be an admittance fee to participate in FirstNight so why not raise it a dollar or two? I would happily pay the extra if they told me what the price hike was for.

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