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Indian carving under siege from insects, weather

May 24, 2013

After 23 years of standing guard to the entrance of Brandon Park near Market and Hepburn streets, the Indian Chief carving Woapalanne is showing his age....

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May-25-13 7:36 AM

CaymanJim, I was not born here I am from Wyoming and BornHere is the name I was given by my Elders because I am Northern Arapaho.

Woapalanne , is Chief Bald Eagle or Chief Eagle Man.

I volunteered many hours working with Dr. Cooper in Brandon Park, planting flowers, removing weeds and mulching, he was a great man.

We would talk about Chief Bald Eagle and I don't recall him saying anything derogatory about the statue, so I am sorry that you feel this way about it.

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May-25-13 1:15 AM

Well, Born Here...if you were really born here, then you should know who Dr. Cooper was. No explanation is needed to note what his efforts were to improve and beautify Brandon Park in order to bring it back to its former glory. Better to have a statue of him at the park than that of some aging and rotting wooden cartoon with a name name nobody can recall, pronounce or cares about.

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May-24-13 3:03 PM

CaymanJim..what would be a more "fitting" statue to honor Dr. Cooper?

DavyJones, I like your idea on saving the statue.

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May-24-13 1:06 PM

The sculptor, a part Native American, was a bit of a wingnut. He more or less foisted his "art" upon the city and insisted it be placed where it is today. A councilman I knew at the time told me the sculpture was not really wanted, but felt the better way to go was to just graciously accept it with the hope it might later be stolen or struck by lightning. As I recall, the sculptor had grand plans to place at least one of his wooden indian friends in every state. I saw another one of them years ago in, I believe, Ocean City, MD. It looked just like the one that haunts Brandon Park.

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May-24-13 9:47 AM

Replace it with a carving of Gabe in a CUTTERS uniform.

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May-24-13 9:08 AM

Eradicate insects...fill cavities with expandable foam...plug holes with wood. Lacquer finish.

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May-24-13 8:19 AM

Has anyone thought of contacting the sculptor to see if he can help?

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May-24-13 2:48 AM

If you really want to save that monstrosity, do what's needed to reverse the present damage and then move it INSIDE somewhere. Surely one of the museums around here would be honored to be assigned the task of restoring and displaying the "chief" for the next two decades. A more fitting statue at the entrance to Brandon Park would be one honoring the late Dr.Kenneth Cooper.

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