At approximately 7:20 p.m. Friday, a new $40,000 sculpture was unveiled in Moxee City Park as part of opening night festivities at the community's annual festival that celebrates one of the valley's biggest cash crops.

TSM/Todd Lyons
TSM/Todd Lyons

The work of art was commissioned by the city as well as the East Valley Community Enhancement Association and was completed by a local artist. The sculpture replicates an old-fashioned scale that was used to weigh sacks to determine how much money would be paid to the picker. Entitled "A Penny Per Pound," the massive replica scale features a shimmering cone in the center. The footings of the scale also function as benches for park-goers to sit on.

Here is how the newest landmark was presented for the first time:

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