Weather, climbing damaged San Antonio artwork

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Experts blame weather and someone climbing on the artwork for the partial collapse of a wooden grid-type sculpture at a San Antonio park.

Architecture educator Kevin McClellan of the University of Texas at San Antonio said Wednesday that "F2" (F-squared) will be taken down, starting next week.

McClellan cited safety concerns and the challenge of rebuilding the project done by UTSA architecture graduate students.

The 15-foot-tall and 40-foot-wide dome was unveiled June 6 at Travis Park. Officials earlier this week discovered part of the structure collapsed.

McClellan says the structure went from a dome shape to a slumped concave shape. Engineers determined such a change could only happen if someone climbed on the structure.

The National Weather Service says San Antonio received more than 5 inches of rain last month.

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