Mary Tyler Moore statue returned to original Minneapolis site

 In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, a single rose sits by the life-size bronze statue of Mary Tyler Moore at the Minneapolis Visitor Center. Gwendolyn Gillen, a Wisconsin artist whose bronze sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat became a downtown Minneapolis landmark, died Friday, Jan. 27. She was 76.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat in the air is back at its familiar spot in downtown Minneapolis. 

A bronze statue of the Emmy-winning star of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was returned Saturday to its original location at Nicollet Mall. The life-sized statue, along with other public art, had been removed during a $50 million mall reconstruction project. 

The statue is now back on 7th Street and Nicollet Mall, next to where the actress tossed her tam in the opening credits of her TV series, which ran on CBS from 1970 to 1977, CBS Minnesota reports

After being temporarily in storage, the statue was set up in the city's visitor information center nearby. A hat was available for visitors to toss alongside the statue, which depicts Moore in the opening credits of her popular 1970s TV sitcom set in Minneapolis. 

Moore died in January at age 80. Gwendolyn Gillen, a Wisconsin artist who created the Moore statue, died two days later at age 76.