NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two New York icons are coming back into full view.

A New York Public Library lion in August 2019 before its cleaning (Credit: CBS2)

The New York Public Library‘s lion statues, named Patience and Fortitude, spent the last nine weeks behind scaffolding, where they were lasered, cleaned and repaired.

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Scaffolding will come down throughout the day Friday and is expected to be completely gone by Friday evening.

The $250,000 project is all thanks to the New York Life Foundation and donations from hundreds of New Yorkers.

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