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Open for Repairs

No one has been inside Central Park's Sherman Monument (which sits at the park's southeastern corner) since 1990. But now that the space is being restored, the Times was able to peek inside. City Room has a look at those repairs, which are certainly, er, detail-oriented: "A few feet away, John Harrigan, a conservator for Central Park who is also a figurative sculptor in his own right, was painstakingly welding and gently working the palm frond carried in Victory's left hand, to strengthen the deteriorated junctures between leaves and stalk and then return the metal to its smooth, slender profile. 'This is where art, conservation and dentistry all meet,' Mr. Nolan said." [City Room; previously]