Last of Truro's wooden sculptures to come down

The last of Truro's wooden statues are expected to come down over the next week or so after the head of the Lumberjack sculpture in front of Arlington Place on Prince Street fell off.

Truro CAO Mike Dolter tells our newsroom the head landed on the sidewalk and smashed to pieces on Friday.

He says an inspection of the statue showed very little wood left holding it together, and the remaining five statues in the town were in similar condition.

Dolter says none of the other statues are in imminent risk of falling, but a decision was made to remove them sooner rather than later.

The sculpture program started in 1999 in the middle of a Dutch elm disease infestation, and resulted in 43 statues being created from dying trees.

Since that time, many had been repaired, repainted, or had parts replaced.

Dolter says the town is sorry to see them go, as they brought some interest and tourism to the town, and talks have been ongoing with council about a potential public art program to replace the sculptures.

Location of the remaining sculptures:
1. Hiram Hyde – Victoria Square
2. Girl Guides – 34 Queen St
3. Robert Stanfield – 1 Church St
4. Pearl Lowther – East Prince St green space
5. WWII RCAF Pilot – 20 Cottage St