SALINAS -- The outgoing mayor of a California central coast agriculture town wants the city to spend $160,000 to restore the three cowboy hats sculpture at the Salinas rodeo arena.
The "Hat in Three Stages of Landing" sculpture was a big deal when unveiled 30 years ago.
Bands played, Boy Scouts led a salute to the flag and the mayor presented world renowned sculptor Claes Oldenburg with a commemorative salad bowl.
But the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/VVxHCF ) says the huge yellow hats have faded in the sun and they are pierced with dozens of holes.
Mayor Dennis Donohue says fixing the hats is a way resolve years of city neglect and put Salinas on the cultural map.
He's convinced the investment will pay for itself by making Salinas a tourist destination.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com