Maffeo Sutton Park sculpture, Deverill Square Park paintings coming down due to damage

The City of Nanaimo is getting rid of three long-standing outdoor public art installations with “significant” wear and tear.

At their March 22 governance and priorities committee meeting, city councillors voted to remove from the city’s public art collection Dan Richey’s Dungeness Crab sculpture, which has stood in Maffeo Sutton Park since 2013, as well as The Hummingbird Project, created in 2013 by artist Yvonne Vander Kooi and Bayview Elementary students and Vander Kooi’s 2007 work At Play, both of which are painted panel displays in Deverill Square Park.

“The reason for de-accession of each of these relates to their life cycle and the fact that over the years since they were first installed significant weathering has caused material degradation,” said city events and culture manager Julie Bevan, in her presentation to councillors.

Bevan added that the works were all designed to be temporary and the artists have been contacted regarding potentially reclaiming the materials.

VR Niti Sejpal