Statues to shine again as history gets a facelift in Cubbon Park

Statues to shine again as history gets a facelift in Cubbon Park

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2017-02-11 10:11 Bengaluru: After years of neglect, the statues of Chamrajendra Wodeyar  Statue, Sheshadri Iyer, Mark Cubbon, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII located in Cubbon Park will finally get a much-needed facelift.Speaking to Bfirst.in, Mahanthesh Murgod, Deputy Director, Cubbon Park, said the Horticulture Department had allocated Rs 15lakhs for the restoration of the statues. "We had approached the State Archaeology and Museums Department. They came for inspection and filed a report," said Mahanthesh.The statue of Chamrajendra Wodeyar, who ruled from 1868-1894, was installed in 1927 near the Tennis Pavillion. He played a key role in setting of the Cubbon Park. The 100-year-old statue is in a derelict state covered in dust and grime and cracked at a few places. And so is the Queen Victoria statue.Established in 1906 on MG Road, historians say that the statue was made in England and shipped to India in 1905. During the British rule in India, around 50 statues of Queen Victoria were installed in different parts of the country, including in Bengaluru. The statue is crying for attention as it is cracked at several places.  The King Edward VII statue located on Chinnaswamy Stadium Road was established in 1919. This statue too was established during the British rule and, like the statue of Queen Victoria, still stands at its original location. Due to the Metro Station work near the Cubbon park, the statue is in dilapidated state. The statue has inscriptions on four sides in four different languages - English, Kannada, Urdu and Tamil. Sheshadri Iyer's statue, which is located in front of the State Central Library, was established in 1913. He was the Dewan of Mysuru from 1883-1901. The statue is covered with a birds' poop. Akkoji Rao, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department said the marble statue was undamaged but needed polishing and washing to get the shine back.The statue of Mark Cubbon, who became the British Commissioner of Mysore state in 1834, is located in front of the High Court and was established in 1866. The marble statue will be washed with chemicals and restored. Rao said sculptors from Rajasthan will work on the statues from February 25. "We have taken it as a challenge to restore these statues in their original look," he said.