West Texans gather for the lighting of the Odessa Spire

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24)- A piece of West Texas history is back and better than ever.

“Every time I would go to the job sight somebody would pull up and say ‘my grandmother used to take me to cloth world and I used to sit right there and look at the tower while she shopped for material’ or ‘I remember when the toy store was there’,” says the Odessa Arts Executive Director, Randy Ham.

After a four year renovation, the Odessa Spire is now ready to be shown off.

“At 109’7.75″ it is going to be the tallest piece of public art in West Texas. That shared community history of that piece has been so evident and people are so happy to see us and restore it and move it into the 21st century.”

Odessans gathering Monday night to watch the inaugural lighting of the Odessa Spire. According to the Executive Director, this art piece is not only special because of its rich history but its future potential.

“This is going to change the way that we think about public art. When you talk to the man on the street about public art they’re going to talk about murals and public status but public art is so much more than that. It’s lighted installations, it’s temporary installations it’s things that are representational as well as abstract.”

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