Rotted wooden sculpture of Native American to be replaced
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Officials in New Hampshire say a 36-foot (11-meter) red oak sculpture of a Native American man called “The Defiant One” that had rotted through was removed.
The Laconia Daily Sun reports the statue was dedicated in 1984 in Opechee Park. The sculpture was brought down by a backhoe Monday before it fell over on its own.
Laconia Public Works Director Wes Anderson said when the sculpture came down, small pieces of wood and dust were everywhere and “there was nothing you could recognize.”
There’s an effort to replace the statue with one made out of a fiber filament. A 3D printer will use a laser scan to produce a new statue.
Peter Toth, a Hungarian-born artist, created the wooden sculpture and others throughout the country to honor Native American people.