Truro headless statute to be removed instead of repaired because of rot

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - A statue of a well-respected, former Truro resident has deteriorated beyond the point of repair, town council heard Monday.

A Truro statue, that has been missing its head since January is to be removed from its site at the corner of Robie and Ford streets because of deep rot that has penetrated beyond repair.

“It’s unfortunate that the statute has rotted that much,” Coun. Cheryl Fritz said, after hearing a report that soft decay in the statue of the late Vera Clyke, an organist at Zion Baptist Church for more than 70 years, has penetrated to a depth of 25 centimetres.

The statue, located at the corner of Robie and Ford streets, has been missing its head and hands since being vandalized in mid-January.

“I concur with the report,” Coun. Raymond Tynes said, “but I just want to express my disappointment with the fact that statue stood there headless for a long time and it stirred up a lot of emotions.”

He also said the condition of the statue was “a hard pill to swallow” for many visitors to the area during African Heritage Month in February.

Mayor Bill Mills said time was required in an effort to explore options for the statue, but the town’s tree committee, which met in March, determined it could not be saved.

No date was set for its removal, however, town CAO Jim Langille said the statue’s concrete base will remain in case a future effort is mounted to erect a plaque or other type of monument at the site.

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Organizations: Zion Baptist Church

Geographic location: Robie

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  • Greg Maynard
    April 09, 2014 - 04:33

    I am puzzled into all the hard work put into all the tree carvings over the years seen rotting and then have been removed. Had not anyone approach Stella-Jones and investigated into a wood preserving process of the wood once the carving was completed? Utility poles last up to 7 decades not only because of the selection of wood species but also because of the wood treatment procedure. It is a shame to see that all has gone to destruction by rot besides the selfish vandals of this town. A loss to tourism to some extent having experienced many visitors traveling the town by foot experiencing these great statues/ carving.