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Tampa's big lizard removed from Franklin Exchange building

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Photo by Jay Nolan, Tampa Tribune, 2004 Photo by Jay Nolan, Tampa Tribune, 2004
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Tampa's landmark lizard is no longer looking down on the city.

The "Mona Lisard", as it is affectionately known, is an 80-foot-tall piece of artwork, that has been draped down the side of the Franklin Exchange building for most of the past decade. It was designed by local artist Silas Beach in 2004, and printed on a vinyl mesh.

But now, Mona is gone. Property owner, The Wilson Company, took down the artwork to allow for the building to be water-sealed and painted. Mona will not return, but another piece of art will be selected to take its place. The building's owner says it will be a surprise.

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