The statues that local sculptor Jason Kimes made and put on temporary display in downtown Laurel are now headed to their permanent home in South Carolina. A crane was used to lift them onto a heavy-duty trailer for transport to the Palmetto State earlier this week. The statues were made to honor workers at a manufacturing plant. They were called offensive by a few people — some saying they were lewd, others saying they were racist — but local artists were quick to defend Kimes at a City Council meeting in January. Kimes is a renowned sculptor, with his work on display around the country, including a Deepwater Horizon memorial in New Orleans called “Eleven” to honor those who died in that oil-rig disaster. (Photo by Mark Thornton)


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