Not too sure why SPN was not notified, especially given that we contacted them with an inquiry hours before we published about the vandalized Mariner Man. In our inquiry, we did ask if repairs were being undertaken. At the time of publishing this second article, we still have not received a response from the District.
District of Sooke
Mariner Man to be Repaired
Thank you to the concerned citizen who returned a piece of Public Art to the Municipal Hall this morning.
The “Mariner Man” statue, that stands watch over the public parking lot at Horne Road and Murray Road, was damaged this past weekend. Mariner Man will be repaired and will return to his post shortly, peering out to sea over the Sooke Marine boardwalk and Rotary Pier.
Mariner Man was donated to the District of Sooke by the Sooke Regional Historical Society and was installed as Public Art as a part of the “Sooke Spirit Square Project” in 2009. The Spirit Square project created a central outdoor, open space in Ed Macgregor Park that is accessible to all members of the community year-round and linked the park by sidewalks and trails to the Sooke Marine boardwalk, Murray Road and West Coast Road.