Joe Louis "fist" getting conservation treatment

If you're in downtown Detroit today and the Joe Louis 'fist' in Hart Plaza looks a little different, don't panic.

The Detroit Institute of Arts will be cleaning up and repairing the sculpture Wednesday. 

It's part of an effort to conserve the "Monument to Joe Louis." It is a sculpture of the famed boxer's art and fist. 

Crews will perform minor structural work to the 24-foot bronze sculpture, hang new cables and clean the surface.

The 30-year-old sculpture is part of the DIA's collection and is treated about every 10 years.

The monument to the late heavyweight champion was commissioned with a $350,000 grant from Sports Illustrated magazine. It was unveiled in 1987.
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