Removed for five months of restoration, the car, created by German artist HA Schult, was reinstalled this spring on the tower of the Cologne City Museum.

THE CAR has landed — a winged, golden version of a Ford Fiesta — on the rooftop of a museum in Cologne.

The sculpture has become a quirky landmark in the German city, where a Ford factory is a major employer.

Removed for five months of restoration by Ford apprentices, the car, created by German artist HA Schult, was reinstalled this spring on the tower of the Cologne City Museum.

Beyond the car is the city’s most beloved landmark, the Cologne Cathedral. Construction of the Gothic masterpiece began in the 13th century, and the cathedral survived the fierce bombing of World War II that devastated most of the city.

Now a cultural and economic powerhouse, it’s a city where cars might fly.

Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times’ NWTraveler editor. Contact her at kjackson@seattletimes.com.