Repairs are underway to the iconic Viking statue in Gimli, Manitoba.
The 48-year-old statue is being refurbished at a cost of up to $60,000. As part of the rejuvenation, a new Viking Park has been announced for the community.
The park, to be located directly adjacent to the statue, will include benches and gardens on the south end of Second Avenue.
“Everyone who comes to Gimli visits the iconic Viking statue, and we are committed to creating a vibrant and beautiful park that also honours the contributions made by the town’s Icelandic settlers and their descendants,” said Cam Arnason, president of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.
“We are very grateful to the R.M. for dedicating resources to ensure the Viking statue’s longevity for years to come.”
Alberta-based Dinosaur Valley Studios has been commissioned to carry out repairs on the statue, which include fixing up chipped paint and cracking. The statue was originally designed by Gissur Eliasson of the University of Manitoba at a cost of $15,000.
Repairs are expected to be completed by late May.