A sculpture created from the remains of a historic U.S. Army Huey helicopter will be on display in St. Louis through this weekend.
"Take Me Home Huey" from artist Steve Maloney is on display near the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis. The helicopter used for the sculpture was shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam.
The artist says the sculpture is a symbol of healing.
"The work is a colorful ambassador that employs a real piece of history for understanding and healing. It's dedicated to the 2,709,918 Americans that served in Vietnam. Crisscrossing the country has been quite an experience and I'm proud to continue the work's mission in the Gateway City," said Maloney.
There's also a local connection. Eric Berla, who lives in the St. Louis metro area, flew the Huey helicopter during his service in Vietnam. He will visit the sculpture throughout its week-long exhibition.