Pieces will return after city finishes maintenance
Tim Wieclawski/metro ottawa
Two pieces of Ottawa’s public art are missing from city streets this week — but both will return.
The National Capital Commission this week removed the signature Kwakiult totem pole in Confederation Park and the Female Torso in the Clarendon Courtyard of the ByWard Market.
According to Laurie Peters with the NCC, the pieces were removed as part of the life-cycle maintenance program for its outdoor art.
They will be repaired over the winter and reinstalled next spring.
“The totem undergoes paint touch ups every two years,” said Peters.
“This year more significant work needs to be done. There are damaged portions of the wood that need more detailed work.”
Henry Hunt originally sculpted the totem in 1967. It was commissioned by the British Columbia government to commemorate Canada’s centennial and has stood in downtown Confederation Park since the 1970s.