(WJBK) - A Huey helicopter that was turned into an art installation has arrived at the Henry Ford Museum. The helicopter arrived Wednesday morning, escorted by dozens of motorcycles. The 47-foot long sculpture called Take me Home Huey is part of a mission to help those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Steve Maloney, the artist of the project, says this project brings notice to those who served not only the Vietnam War but all other conflicts, too.
"The message is to be a catalyst for conversation. It was the real deal; it was shot down in Vietnam for sure on Febrauary 14, 1969; it was a medivac unit. Two soldiers died bravely during that rescue attempt, and three were rescued," he says. He says the piece continues the conversation by going around the country and is a catalyst for healing.
He'll be at the museum this week from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. every day, and hopes to have conversations with lots of people. He says you're encouraged to go up and touch the helicopter, too.
The installation will be at the museum through July 4.