SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A huge monument of the Ten Commandments has found a new home, years after the death of the southwest Missouri artist who created the piece.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the stone sculpture is more than 15 feet tall and weighs more than 11 tons. Members of the Sac River Cowboy Church bought the monument in 2011 for about $2,000 and have now installed it on church-owned property west of Springfield.

The monument was constructed by Jim Luce on his Aurora property. Luce was still working on the piece when he was killed in a farm accident in 2007.

His widow, Valerie Luce, says she’s had several offers for the monument, but felt that the Cowboy Church was a good fit.

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