Damaged sculpture at Dalhousie removed
A sculpture that has greeted students entering and exiting Dalhousie’s Student Union Building for 44 years has been removed.
An engineering report concluded that the six-metre-high steel sculpture had corroded on the inside and was “structurally damaged beyond repair," according to a memo from Peter Dykhuis, the director and curator of the Dalhousie Art Gallery.
“It is always heartbreaking to lose a work of art, but we have no choice but to act proactively to remove the sculpture before it becomes a safety hazard."
The piece was crafted by Nova Scotia artist Reg Dockrill and was erected on the corner of University Avenue and Seymour Street in 1968.
The sculpture, called 20th Century Student, represented a confused student seeking answers to questions. A question mark was visible on each side of the piece.
Dockrill, a survivor of the Halifax Explosion, died in 2004 at 89. He served in the Second World War and later worked for CJCH, the CBC and for both the provincial and federal governments.
His estate gave permission for the removal of the sculpture.