The stage is set for the official unveiling of the cricket World Cup trophy-shaped sculpture at Pipliyahana Square in Indore after the installation of mid-section. The third and final section of the 30-foot high trophy is expected to be installed by next week, more than a fortnight ahead of the October 3 deadline.
The World Cup replica cost nearly Rs 12 lakh and was funded by Indore Development Authority (IDA), said sculptor Mahendra Kodwani. He said it took him and fellow sculptor Ajay Punyasi around one year to build the trophy.
There were reports that the sculpture might be unveiled before the global investors’ summit although IDA chairman Shankar Lalwani was noncommittal. "The dignitary who will unveil the trophy has not been decided," he told HT.
Kodwani said the sculpture had an iron skeleton overlaid with fibre resin (grade four resin process).
The installation, carried out with the help of a crane, took nearly ten hours. The first section of the statue was installed last month. "The replica will be 30-foot tall and stand atop a five-foot high pedestal," said Kodwani.