A temporary replica of the Parisian Arc de Triomphe, the centerpiece for the city's 125th birthday block party, is slowly taking shape in Monument Square.
Work began on the structure Monday morning, and has been continuing daily this week. Scaffolding had risen about three stories by Tuesday afternoon as employees from Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding of Lynn, MA added to the replica's frame.
On Tuesday, Michael Doherty of Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding said their part of the project ought to be done late today with another company taking over installing fabric walls for the replica. The theme of the project, the subject of much speculation during the previous two weeks, was revealed during the Rock the Arts fundraiser for the block party.
According the Woonsocket Call, the arch will be built at one-third scale, straddle North Main Street at Social Street and depict the US Rubber Company's creation of decoy tanks for the allies during WWII, the industrial heritage and the visit of French Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch to honor soldiers' sacrifices in WWI, and the immigration of French Canadians during the Industrial Revolution.
N. Main Street traffic has been detoured around the square on Blackstone Street. Swing by to see it continue to take shape this afternoon.