Robin Hood is back in Sherwood
Artist completes new Robin Hood statue for city neighbourhood
Robin Hood is getting a makeover.
The wooden statue that watches over the entrance to the neighbourhood of Sherwood was taken down in May and will be replaced by a new one early next week.
Charlottetown artist Levi Cannon, who was commissioned by the city to do the first Robin Hood statue (and has done other wooden statues), said it took him two months to complete it.
“It’s the same stance, all the same tools, but the entire body is completely different,’’ Cannon says. “It’s more streamlined so we don’t get snow staying on top of it, causing it to rot. It’s much, much more detailed.’’
Weather wasn’t the only problem that plagued the old statue. Periodic vandalism was also an issue.
“The stump of it is coated in roof tar and the whole base of it is sealed and there is a three-and-a-quarter-inch plywood cut to the bottom of it.’’
The statue will sit on a gravel pad at the corner of St. Peters Road and the bypass highway with his staff, sword, quiver and bow.
Cannon said he made other design changes, including using a different type of caulking to seal the body to prevent cracking.
“Other than that it’s just a whole different colour scheme and it’s just more pleasing to look at. It’s not just your basic twotone
green. This has got black interwoven into it. It’s much more visually attractive.’’
Cannon carved the new statue from a 10-foot piece of 75-yearold popular. The staff, sword and bow all came from 2x6s and 2x10s.
Asked what he enjoyed the most, he lets out a breath and sums it up succinctly – putting down the brush at the end of it and being done.
“Feels pretty good when you take it from a 4,000-pound piece of wood and block it out, see what’s inside of it and away you go.’’
Sculptor Levi Cannon stands beside his new Robin Hood statue that will be going up at the entrance to Sherwood (St. Peters Road-bypass highway) early next week. The new statue is a more detailed than the last one that was taken down in May.