COLOGNE, Germany - The Golden Fiesta 'winged car', one of Cologne’s quirkiest landmarks, has flown back to its rightful place on top of the Cologne City Museum.
The car, created by German artist HA Schult, had spent the last five months at Niehl Plant being renovated by Ford apprentices.
It was craned back onto its perch this week, watched by Bernhard Mattes, CEO of Ford-Werke GmbH and Lord Mayor City of Cologne Jürgen Roters.
"We are very proud that we as a Cologne company could make a contribution to this important work of art of the City of Cologne, cleaning and restoring it back to its rightful place,” said Mattes.
Lord Mayor Jürgen Roters said: "The car has become the winged unique landmark of the city museum. And it is a symbol of the city of Cologne and our largest employers, the Ford plant in Niehl. "
The winged car, which weighs a whopping four tons, has topped the tower of Cologne City Museum since April 1991 and is now a major tourist attraction in its own right.
Its wings are molded from fiberglass-reinforced polyester terharz (GRP) with ten centimeters of wall thickness, and filled with polyurethane foam. They give the car a length of 6.20 meters, a width of 10 meters and a height of 3.50 meters.