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Museum of Art security director Scott Tarr holds the ladder while registrar Leah Reeder takes photos Monday of the damage to Mark di Suvero's stainless steel and painted steel sculpture "Helmholtz", which was hit by car and knocked over and damaged at Freimann Square, early Sunday.

Might take a year to repair Helmholtz sculpture

It could be more than a year before the Helmholtz sculpture is repaired and returned to the lawn near Freimann Square, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Executive Director Charles Shepard said Monday.Early Sunday morning, Fort Wayne resident Colton Adamonis ran his 2013 truck into the sculpture, located on the west side of the Arts United Center, police said

The Helmholtz, a large sculpture made of stainless and painted steel, was created by Mark di Suvero in 1985, according to the artist's website.

Shepard said an inspection team arrived Monday morning to inspect the sculpture and determined the orange fencing was not sufficient and would need to be replaced by a stronger fence to keep visitors away from the area.

The sculpture will be removed from the area to be repaired, but would later be returned to the same area, he said. Shepard said the repairs could take up to a year.

"We've been in contact with the artist and he will be involved with the restoration," Shepard said.

Shepard said the cost to repair the sculpture could be more than $200,000. He estimated the piece to be worth more than $1 million.

Adamonis, 23, was arrested Sunday on drunken-driving charges after driving his 2013 GMC Sierra truck into the steel sculpture about 2:18 a.m. and then fleeing from the scene.

Shepard said police estimated that Adamonis was traveling at a high rate of speed on Bar Street when he ran up and over the edge of the sidewalk, missing the nearby tree before hitting the leg of the sculpture.

At the time of the accident, Adamonis had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to police.

The hood of Adamonis's truck was stuck under the leg of the sculpture, which stood 23 feet up into the air, Shepard said.

Once cranes removed the sculpture from the truck, there was nothing left to hold it in the air and the steel bars had to be placed on the ground, he said.