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Progress made in casting cartoonist's bronze statue

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(Source: Bronzesmith Fine Art Gallery & Foundry) (Source: Bronzesmith Fine Art Gallery & Foundry)
(Source: Bronzesmith Fine Art Gallery & Foundry) (Source: Bronzesmith Fine Art Gallery & Foundry)
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

A bronze statue of the late cartoonist Bil Keane that will be dedicated in November at Scottsdale's McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park along with a pavilion is one step closer toward completion. 

Keane's syndicated The Family Circus comic strip appeared in nearly 1,500 newspapers across the country.

He started drawing the one-panel cartoon in February 1960. Keane lived in Paradise Valley from 1959 until he died in 2011 at age 89.

Scottsdale officials say the 9-by-7-foot bronze statue planned for the park will be called "Gitty-up Daddy" and be the centerpiece of a 36-foot-wide covered pavilion. A potential museum is in the discussion phase and would showcase artifacts from Keane's comic strip.

Bronzesmith Fine Art Gallery & Foundry in Prescott Valley said Tuesday the small bronze original and also the larger clay original has been cut up into pieces ready to be molded and cast.

Donations from the public and the Keane family will pay the entire cost of the project, estimated to about $100,000.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled Nov. 8.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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