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Just like they do every year at this time community leaders laid a wreath at the base of a monument in Columbus Circle.
But this year I call -- an abomination.
A jungle of scaffolding separates folks on the ground from the -- statue -- not exactly a tribute.
The great navigator.
Or to the civilization -- represented for more than a century Columbus has stood on top of a six story column in the middle of this busy intersection.
Today he's no longer visible from far away.
Yet folks are seeing him like never before.
At its best.
A Japanese artist has built the modern day living room around the statute.
And invited the -- inside it's very hard to walk in here without just.
Breaking into a smile organizers of the project say they're putting that Columbus back into Columbus Day.
It's something that even people who walk through Columbus Circle every day.
Never really get to see up close and personal and you're looking up -- you really don't know what it looks like it's really.
It's very exciting while many Italian Americans embrace the project others give -- a harsh reviews.
That it breaks the -- you don't -- the means western civilization.
And -- premature before.
Across from skyline I don't know how to break the -- at the sculpture was made to be viewed.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismisses the criticism he points out the project is privately funded.
And that workers were later used the scaffolding to help restore the monuments if you don't like it.
You know it's not going to be here forever Columbus has been around for a 120 years and we gonna make sure he's good to go for the next hundred --
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