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A Dubuque metal artist who says he's down to his last months has donated two mechanical sculptures to the city in hopes they'll inspire children.

Jim Avery closed his studio and sold most of his equipment in November, following a colon cancer diagnosis nearly two years ago. He sought to find goods homes for his work.

One of the pieces by Avery donated to the city is an 11-foot-tall dicycle on which riders sit in the spokes between two wheels. The other is a bicycle on which riders sit within the wheels.

The pieces were recently on display in the city's Millwork District, the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald (http://bit.ly/1K44HvS ) reports. Avery said he hopes the pieces "inspire kids to think outside the box."

"I think the city of Dubuque would be a great caretaker," Avery said. "I am hoping the city finds the unique pieces to be progressive and optimistic to reflect the city's future."

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Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/10/12/4031665/metal-artist-with-cancer-donates.html#storylink=cpy

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