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Developer plans to add icon to Baltimore skyline

BALTIMORE — An Eiffel Tower in downtown Baltimore?

Well, not exactly. But a developer is seeking to add an iconic landmark of that sort to the city’s skyline.

Pat Turner, president of the Turner Development Group, has submitted plans to Baltimore’s Public Art Commission for a 236-foot illuminated metal sculpture that looks like a series of spikes radiating in different directions.

It wouldn’t be as tall as the Paris’ 1,063-foot tower or St. Louis’ 630-foot Gateway Arch, but Turner says it would be one of the tallest works of art in the country and visible from miles around.

The untitled sculpture by Tennessee artist John Henry would be placed within a traffic circle planned for Turner’s $1.5 billion Westport development. Turner says he hopes to have it erected within two years.