Phoenix, Arizona’s newest museum, opens on Thursday
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Phoenix, a city of roughly 1 million that has been a hot spot for earthquakes since the 1980s, will host a $30 million, two-day event on Thursday featuring a massive, live-action replica of the city’s tallest building, a massive new monument to the Great Sphinx, and a giant hologram of the famed city skyline.
The city’s mayor, Steve Novak, told the Associated Press news agency on Thursday that the museum was “really exciting.”
Phoenix has the largest number of permanent structures of any U.S. city, with more than 3,000, but the city, about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, has been plagued by earthquakes in recent years.
The U.N. has warned that Phoenix faces a risk of an even bigger quake in the next two years.
“We are at the beginning of the process of moving forward with the Phoenix Museum of Art, and that will take some time,” Novak said.
The museum, which will include a large statue of a statue of the Great Pyramids of Giza and a replica of Phoenix’s famous Bell Tower, will be dedicated on Wednesday.
It will also feature a large sculpture of the ancient city of Cheops, a 10-story monument that once stood on top of the pyramids and the ancient walled city of Tenochtitlan, also known as the Valley of the Kings.
The project was approved by the city council on Thursday.
It was originally set to open in 2017, but it was delayed by the 2011 earthquake, which destroyed more than half the city.
A $3 million exhibit of images from the cityscape and the city will be on display on Wednesday, Novak told the AP, adding that the building would also have a permanent exhibit of artifacts.
The largest permanent structure is the Phoenix Tower, a 4,500-foot (1,800-meter) structure that was erected in 1882.
It now towers more than 10 stories (about 3,200 feet) above the Phoenix River, and it is one of the largest structures in the United States.
It was originally called the Arizona Center, after the state’s first official district, but was changed to the Phoenix Memorial Building in 1962, because of its location near the city of Phoenix, where the first monument to a Phoenix resident was dedicated in 1901.