file photo courtesy Center Harbor library

Jun 25, 2016 12:18 PM

Unique statue of Indian boy restored and replaced in Center Harbor

CENTER HARBOR - An iconic bronze statue has been restored to the town square after it was removed this winter to be cleaned and preserved.

The 300-pound bronze sculpture of “Kona” the Indian boy was lifted back on top of the fountain near the Nichols Memorial Library this week, according to the Laconia Citizen.

The fountain was sculpted by Richard Gerry Cook (1869-1955) and depicts a seated Indian boy clasping a Canada goose in his arms. The boy, his head back smiling, holds the goose which has its wings and neck outstretched. It was given as a gift to the town in 1907.

The Kona bronze was last cleaned about 20 years ago. This time the statue went to Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts where master sculptor and restoration expert Robert Shure cleaned it and reapplied a protective patina to help shield it from corrosion.

“Everybody has been missing it. Our goal was to have it back by Memorial Day,” Haines told the newspaper.

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