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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.