Dude Chilling Park in East Vancouver is missing its Dude, so a campaign has been launched to restore the sculpture and bring it back to the park.
The Indiegogo campaign is seeking $20,000 to have the natural cedar sculpture bronzed after it suffered extensive deterioration, according to the Vancouver Art House Society, which is spearheading the campaign.
Reclining Figure is the “dude” of Dude Chilling Park.
The natural cedar sculpture, which is officially called Reclining Figure but is nicknamed The Dude, was created by artist Michael Dennis and has been in the park since 1991.
It later inspired local artist Viktor Briestensky to create an art installation in the form of a City of Vancouver park sign replica with the park’s nickname Dude Chilling, according to the society.
After that initial sign was taken down by the city, public outrage led to a community campaign to restore the sign.
A very official looking sign that reads Dude Chilling Park has replaced the official City of Vancouver sign at Guelph Park.
The locals won, and the city agreed the sign would be permanently installed in Guelph Park at the corner of Brunswick Street and East 8th Avenue.
In 2017, the sculpture was transported to Denman Island for repairs and to be cast in bronze, according to the society.
The society says it needs to help to pay for the expense of the restoration and its transport back to the park.
Organizers hope The Dude will be bronzed and chilling in the sun by late summer.
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Source:: Vancouver Sun