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City Of Hartford Facing Challenge In Whether To Renovate Or Replace XL Center
Published May 5, 2014
AN ARTIST'S MUSE: In Hartford, Kenneth Gosselin noted the XL Center renovation "presents plenty of challenges: dealing with season-ticket holders whose seats must be moved to make way for new premium boxes; ordering custom-made parts because heating and cooling systems are so old; and figuring how to rig scaffolding so work can be done around events." In addition, there are "two murals hung high above" the arena's northwest entrance that must be "carefully taken down for the renovations." Trouble is, they "are large -- the biggest is 16 feet by 10 feet -- and it will be tough even getting them out of the building." The murals "aren't being used in the makeover of the XL's concourse, so now new homes must be found for them, difficult because of their size." But there is "another reason to handle these murals with care: they could be worth over a million dollars." CRDA Venue Dir Kimberly Hart said, "We didn't know anything about them. We were literally talking to staff in the building, and they said they were by a famous artist and they were worth a lot of money." She added that a "potential location for one of the murals could be the Connecticut Convention Center, but no decisions have been made." Hart said that the murals also could "return to a city sports arena should a new one be built in the future" (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/4).