Robin Hood is back in Sherwood

Artist com­pletes new Robin Hood statue for city neigh­bour­hood

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE STE­WART

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.’’

DAVE STE­WART/THE GUARDIAN

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.

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