Township of Centre Wellington 'ready to adopt' The Tall Man

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He casts a spindly shadow across a township park, but Elora’s arguably best-known sculpture isn’t actually the property of Centre Wellington — not yet anyway.

At Monday’s committee of the whole meeting, councillors approved an agreement that will see ownership of the artwork titled, It’s a question of who’s in charge, known locally as “The Tall Man,” transferred to the township.

According to a report to council, the current owners, a group of local musicians called the Village Idiots, purchased the sculpture in 2007 with the long-term intent of gifting it to the township.

Centre Wellington manager of community development, festivals, culture and tourism, Dorothy Smith told council the group has since disbanded and she was recently approached by some former members interested in transferring ownership.

“We felt the need to take over the ownership of him as he is one of the most popular photographed icons in town,” she said.

Approximately $800-worth of repairs to the sculpture, including patching and refinishing, were completed earlier this year using money from a local trust fund. Because “he is in such good shape,” future maintenance is expected to cost only “a couple hundred dollars every year or two just to do touch-ups on him,” Smith said.

“I think he’ll be around for a long time and he’ll continue to be a photographed hot item in town,” she continued.

“With your approval (we’re) ready to adopt him and take him under our wing as part of our township inventory.”

Councillors unanimously approved the recommendation to purchase the lanky landmark at a cost of $0. The decision is expected to be ratified at the next regular council meeting.

“We now own The Tall Man,” Mayor Kelly Linton said.

The photogenic sculpture has been located at the Elora Green Space since 2012.

Prior to that, following his purchase in 2007, The Tall Man stood in front of a general store on Mill Street East, at what is now the location of the La Fontana restaurant.

Alison Sandstrom, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

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