The Mary Tyler Moore statue removed from Nicollet Mall for construction is getting a temporary home — back on Nicollet Mall.
Starting next week, the statue will be on display at the city's new visitor center at Fifth Street and Nicollet Mall. The iconic artwork has been in storage for several months, along with other art that previously lined Nicollet Mall.
The statue will get a formal debut in its new location at a press conference Monday morning.
Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, said his agency worked with TV Land, the statue's owners, to get it to a new, public location.
In a news release, Meet Minneapolis encouraged visitors to take photos of and with the statue and to post them on social media, using the #MaryInMpls hashtag.
The visitor center and store will host several events next week as part of a "Grand Opening Week," including visits from local artists and drawings for prizes.
Above: The statue after a 2013 snowstorm. Jim Gehrz/Star Tribune