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Don’t panic: they’re com­ing back. Two well­known pub­lic art­works—the Cen­ten­nial Totem Pole in Kits Point’s Had­den Park and the gi­ant spar­rows called The

Birds in Olympic Village’s main plaza—have to be re­moved for re­fur­bish­ment. The city made the de­ci­sion to re­move the totem pole, which was carved in 1958, after find­ing de­cay at the base. The pole was carved by Mungo Martin with his son David and nephew Henry Hunt. Restora­tion work will be done in part­ner­ship with Martin’s Kwak­waka’wakw de­scen­dants. Mean­while, the gi­gan­tic male and fe­male spar­rows—de­signed by Van­cou­ver artist My­fanwy Ma­cleod and in­stalled just around the 2010 Win­ter Olympics—are suf­fer­ing dam­age be­cause peo­ple not only climb over them but use them as skate­board ramps. That’s bro­ken through the plas­tic shells, let­ting in mois­ture that’s weak­en­ing the struc­tures. They, too, will be re­turned to the site—within 10 months, the city hopes.

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