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Massive "Phoenix" Rises Inside Manhattan Cathedral

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An art installation with wings will soon open at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

The 12 ton sculpture named Phoenix will feature two birds in flight hanging in the air with special rigging at the Amsterdam Avenue cathedral.

One of the birds is 90 feet long and the other measures 100 feet.

It took Chinese artist Xu Bing two years to build the sculpture with tools and debris from demolition sites he visited in Beijing six years ago.

"What the migrant laborers were using in their daily lives really spoke to him, and he wasn't to create these birds, these mythical creatures that really in a way memorialized, that reacted to, that talked about what was happening in China in that moment," said Jesse Coffino of Xu Bing Studios.

"People can become really throwaways, and the things they use to build as beautiful as the buildings are we kind of forget that they get cast off," said Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Dean The Very Rev. James A. Kowalski.

The opening ceremony is March 1 and will feature dancing, music and members of the Big Apple Circus.

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