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The Mary Tyler Moore statue is back – but in a new spot

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Looks like she made it (back) after all.

Having spent months in mothballs after she was taken down from her corner on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, the iconic Mary Tyler Moore statue is back, albeit at a different location.

She was actually the highlight of a brand-new visitor center on the corner of 5th and Nicollet downtown, which had its grand opening on Monday, according to a news release from Meet Minneapolis, the city's convention and visitor association.

The group operates the new visitor information center, where the bronze Mary Tyler Moore will be shielded from the elements until she returns to the Mall in 2017.

That's when a massive reconstruction project – the same that dislodged her and other public art in the first place – is due to wrap up, the release says.

“There was a lot of interest and concern about where ‘Mary’ had gone. It became clear to all of us how important the statue is to the visitors and residents of Minneapolis,” a Meet Minneapolis official is quoted as saying.

The organization worked with TV Land – the statue's owner – to display it in the visitor center, where souvenir-seekers could take pictures with it once again.

She was made available to the public at 10 a.m. Monday

And what of the "grand opening" festivities? The photographic evidence (below) shows it was a crowded affair, but sadly, the statue's flesh-and-blood counterpart was nowhere to be seen.

According to the Star Tribune, organizers could not get the real Mary Tyler Moore, 78, to attend the ceremony.

The statue is, of course, a tribute to the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," which was about a young news producer living and working in Minneapolis. The bronze sculpture captures the moment from the sitcom's opening credits when Moore throws her beret up in the air on Nicollet Mall – where the statue was unveiled in 2001 and sat until this year.

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