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One of the most famous paintings in American history has arrived in Mesa in a three-dimensional - and very large - format.
A sculpture called "God Bless America" is being installed at Main and Macdonald streets. The 25-foot-tall work by J. Seward Johnson is so big it takes a crane to lift the pieces.
It's modeled after the painting "American Gothic" by Iowa artist Grant Wood, whose image of a plain and stoic farm couple not only has been ingrained in the national psyche, but also endlessly parodied.
The sculpture arrived from its previous gig in Chicago. Christy Wulf, marketing and event coordinator for the Downtown Mesa Association, said DMA and the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau are paying the estimated $18,000 cost.