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TRURO – A tree sculpture in Truro is missing its head.


Clyke

The sculpture at the corner of Ford and Robie streets, created by Bruce Wood, was inspired by Vera Clyke, a former resident of Ford Street and organist at Zion Baptist Church for more than 70 years.

Truro resident Gerry Hale told the Truro Daily News someone made him aware of the destruction on Wednesday morning. Hale, who does maintenance on the tree sculptures, said one hand from the sculpture was gone and was on the ground at the site, but the head “was nowhere to be found.”

Hale said the suspected vandalism is “senseless” and wasn’t accidental.

“People will climb on them and sometimes break something off but leave it there. Four years ago the head was taken off that sculpture and we got it back on. It was found not too far away. It wouldn’t blow away; those things are not light,” said Hale.

Hale doesn’t believe the act was targeted specifically to that sculpture because there have been many other sculptures that have also required multiple repairs.

A close relative of Clyke, who wished to remain anonymous, only learned of the destruction when contacted by this paper.

“It’s frustrating. Why bother going out and beautifying the town (when) areas are damaged?” she said.

The relative said replacing such projects can be costly and she wonders just how long the town is willing to re-invest finances into them.

“How often do you (replace) it and pay for it?”

Truro Mayor Bill Mills also learned of the destruction from this paper on Thursday.

“It’s pretty low,” Mills said, adding, “Vera Clyke was a

valued member of the community. We are entering

African Heritage Month and this is not the message we want to send to the public.”

Mills said the town will “look at all of our options” including the possibility of carving a new head for the sculpture. That, he said, takes time.

“We will try to move forward to fix it,” Mills said, adding if anyone knows about the discarded sculpture piece, they are encouraged to come forward or return it.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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TRURO – A tree sculpture in Truro is missing its head.

The sculpture at the corner of Ford and Robie streets, created by Bruce Wood, was inspired by Vera Clyke, a former resident of Ford Street and organist at Zion Baptist Church for more than 70 years.

Truro resident Gerry Hale told the Truro Daily News someone made him aware of the destruction on Wednesday morning. Hale, who does maintenance on the tree sculptures, said one hand from the sculpture was off “but it was still there” but the head “was nowhere to be found.”

Hale said the suspected vandalism is “senseless” and wasn’t accidental.

“People will climb on them and sometimes break something off but leave it there. Four years ago the head was taken off that sculpture and we got it back on. It was found not too far away. It wouldn’t blow away; those things are not light,” said Hale.

Hale doesn’t believe the act was targeted specifically to that sculpture because there have been many other sculptures that have required multiple repairs.

A close relative of Clyke, who wished to remain anonymous, only learned of the destruction when contacted by this paper.

“It’s frustrating. Why bother going out and beautifying the town (when) areas are damaged?” she said.

The relative said replacing such projects can be costly and she wonders just how long the town is willing to re-invest finances into them.

“How often do you (replace) it and pay for it?”

Town officials could not be reached for comment.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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TRURO – A tree sculpture at the corner of Ford Street and Robie Street here is missingits head.

The sculpture, created by Bruce Wood, was inspired by Vera Clyke, a former resident of Ford Street. For 71 years, she was the organist at Zion Baptist Church.

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Organizations: Zion Baptist Church

Geographic location: Ford Street

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  • marjorie densmore thompson
    January 18, 2014 - 11:06

    this is so stupid in life this lady was wonderful in the form of the sculpture she seemed to be there for all time and for all to see. It is such a shame that someone cannot or did not see her beauty either while she was alive or for eternity-I hope someone can fix her as she was to soothe so many for so many years with her music and way of life

    • Yvette
      April 25, 2014 - 09:31

      Hello! I'm doing a story on Vera Clyke's statue. Could I talk to you and ask you more about what the statue meant to you?

  • S. VT
    January 15, 2014 - 20:41

    I had walked down Robie St earlier today to also notice realty signs & lawn decorations all knocked down on multiple properties...what's the point. There has to be something better to do with their time.