Fundraiser aims to return Dude Chilling Park’s resident dude

Vancouver Art House Society’s online campaign to raise $20,000 runs until May 7

The campaign to bring the dude back to Dude Chilling Park continues with an online fundraiser.

Vancouver Art House Society this week announced its Indiegogo campaign — Dude Chilling Park: Return of The Dude. It’s aiming to raise $20,000 by May 7 to help restore and return The Dude to its rightful resting place in the park.

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“The hope is that we might have ‘The Dude’ bronzed and chilling in the sun by late summer of this year and we can all celebrate with a Community Picnic,” reads a press release.

The natural cedar sculpture of a reclining figure was left at the park in 1991 by B.C. artist Michael Dennis.

Over the ensuing quarter century the sculpture, officially named Reclining Figure, became a mainstay of Guelph Park. But in recent years, the wood started to deteriorate. Dennis, working with Vancouver Park Board, removed the figure and took it back to his studio on Denman Island.

It’s been restored to its original form and the society is raising funds to cover the cost of casting the figure in bronze, transporting it to Vancouver and installing it back in Dude Chilling Park.

To make a donation visit indiegogo.com/projects/dude-chilling-park-return-of-the-dude.

@JessicaEKerr

jkerr@vancourier.com

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