Wright sculpture

A 9,000-pound sculpture honoring the Wright brothers' first powered flight 100 years ago will be installed this week at the Dayton Art Institute.

The nearly 70-foot sculpture of polished steel, titled "Pathway," will be supported by a concrete foundation measuring 12- by ten-feet wide and six to seven feet deep.

The monument was created by Washington-based sculptor John Safer to suggest humans' journey into space. It will be erected in two stages outside the museum's rotunda entrance.

"Pathway" is a gift to Dayton from Safer and his wife, Joy. It will form the centerpiece of a retrospective exhibition of Safer's work that will go on display at the art institute July Fourth. The show will feature more than 45 pieces created by the 81-year-old artist in the past 30 years.

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