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CAPITOL TO GET FARNSWORTH STATUE

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A statue of the Utahn credited with inventing television will be unveiled in the Capitol rotunda on Pioneer Day next year, more than two months after an identical statue is to be displayed in Washington, D.C.

The plan is to pay for both larger-than-life bronzelikenesses of Philo T. Farnsworth through donations collected through a variety of fund-raising events including efforts by elementary schoolchildren.

Gov. Norm Bangerter was told Wednesday that the $150,000 raised so far will cover the cost of the statue that eventually will be placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

However, at least another $30,000 is needed to pay for a second statue to be cast for the state Capitol, according to Bruce Barnson, co-chairman of a commission charged with choosing the Utahn to be honored.

That money will most likely be raised at a gala ball that will be held in Washington, D.C., early next year. Barnson said if the ball makes enough money, a scholarship for science students would be established.

Although every state has been allowed to honor two famous, deceased citizens through displaying statues in the nation's capital, Utah is one of a only a handful of states that has just one such statue.

In 1950, Utah put up a statue of Brigham Young. The Utah Legislature decided in 1987 that Farnsworth should be the second Utahn remembered through a statue, after being lobbied by school children.

The Farnsworth statue, designed by Utah sculptor James Richard Avanti, is to be unveiled in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 1990. A second statue made from the same mold will be installed in the Utah Capitol on July 24, 1990.