CLEVELAND -- A familiar sight to art lovers was returned to the steps of the Cleveland Museum of Art this morning.
The museum's bronze cast of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker was reinstalled on the steps of the 1916 building. The return of the statue is in preparation for the museum's reopening of the building's second floor galleries on June 29 after a lengthy renovation. Photos
A crane lowered the 1,650 pound statue into place on its pedestal.
The Thinker is one of the most iconic sculptures in the world.
The original is in the collection of the Rodin Museum in Paris.
Twenty-one casts were made from Rodin's original sculpture. The museum acquired its cast in 1917, but it has had a troubled history.
The statue was partially destroyed in a bombing in 1970 by the radical group known as The Weathermen.
The statue was reportedly left unrestored due to Rodin's close involvement in the original casting of the bronze.
Since the bombing, the museum says the damaged statue has become "considered by many to be an apt commentary on the juxtaposition between the classical and the chaotic."