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Treasured Hooper Statues Set To Move To Sheltered Location


The Hooper Statues, People Waiting, located adjacent to the Barbours General Store will be moved on Monday, November 5 to a sheltered location. After being exposed to the elements for several years, work is required to restore the wood sculptures. Benches will be temporarily installed in their place.

The statues will be relocated to a building across the street where they will be protected and able spend several months drying out. During this time, City staff will continue discussions with the Hooper family and other stakeholders in order to determine a plan for the full restoration and long-term placement of these important public art pieces.

People Waiting was created by the late artist, John Hooper, in 1975. Originally commissioned by Canada Post, the statues were donated to the City of Saint John in the 1990s.


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