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JFK terminal sculpture gets temporary reprieve

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Artist Alice Aycock is fighting to prevent her Kennedy Airport sculpture junked to make way for a bigger food court. (Alice Aycock)

A plan to remove a large sculpture at John F. Kennedy Airport to make room for food vendors has been temporarily put off.

A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary restraining order against the management group that runs Terminal 1.

"Star Sifter" has occupied the terminal for 14 years. Terminal One Group Association had planned to dismantle the steel and aluminum artwork on Tuesday.

The artist, Alice Aycock, argued in a civil lawsuit that removing the sculpture would be a breach of her contract. The management group commissioned her to create the work for the terminal's opening in 1998.

The group didn't immediately return a request for comment.

The judge has set a hearing for Friday on whether to issue an injunction preventing the work from being removed.

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