Artwork may have water damage after arts center fire


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Officials at a Kentucky performing arts center say they’re worried about one piece of art that may have been damaged by water during a fire.

The Courier Journal reports much of the $18 million in artwork at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts survived the fire Wednesday. Kentucky Center President Kim Baker said at a news conference Thursday that John Chamberlain’s “The Coloured Gates of Louisville” is the staff’s main concern. Experts are being brought in to examine the piece.

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No injuries were reported in the fire.

Most of the water damage is in the main lobby, but Baker said a little got into two entertainment spaces.

The center is expected to remain closed to the public at least through Friday.

Louisville Fire Capt. Salvador Melendez said the department has determined the fire was accidental