LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bye-bye birdies!

The colorful art pieces from Waterfront Park are heading north for the summer, but only for a while. The 28 steel sculptures will be restored at the McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio.

They've been admired on the waterfront since 2001.

The birds will return in the fall with brand new paint jobs.

The sculpture garden is based on the work of Marvin Finn, an internationally known Louisville folk artist. They're known as the "Flock of Finns."

The paint being used to restore the birds will be tough. It's used on high-traffic rides at Disney World and by the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy.

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