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Giant DNC sand sculpture taken down for security reasons, hotel says

Published: Aug. 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM EDT
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A temporary sand sculpture was slated to be the "ultimate welcome mat" for visitors during the Democratic National Convention has been scrapped for security reasons.

The sculpture was in the process of being built in front of the Ritz-Carlton and was slated to be unveiled to the public on Friday.

The sculpture was slated to be a one-of-a-kind 12-ton "Welcome to Charlotte" sand sculpture in the hotel's front drive area.

But now the sculpture is being taken down.

"The sand sculpture initially planned for the front of the hotel will not be created in order to ensure optimal security at that location," the hotel said in a news release on Wednesday.

The massive sculpture has been under construction for several weeks.