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Downtown sculpture

Sculpture artist Delbert Beckham, left, and a City of Palestine employee help place Beckham’s sculpture “948” on its stand along Spring Street Thursday as part of Palestine Main Street’s Art Tracks Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. According to Main Street Director Laura Westgate, the sculptures, which are changed out annually, will continue to be erected in designated locations in downtown Palestine today. Beckham, of Center, whose work primarily consists of repurposed metal pieces, has installed a second sculpture, “Blackfoot Daisy,” on West Oak Street across from the Old Magnolia Merchantile. According to Beckham, the “9” in “948” represents the number of yellow flowers in the center of the sculpture, while the “48” represents the number of cutouts in the red metal pieces.