Captain Robert Falcon Scott statue to be reinstated on original base

The earthquake-damaged Scott statue has been on display at Scott's Last Expedition at Canterbury Museum.
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The earthquake-damaged Scott statue has been on display at Scott's Last Expedition at Canterbury Museum.

A repair team has come up with a way to fix Christchurch's statue of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, which broke in the February 2011 earthquake.

The statue – a memorial to Scott, who died while returning from the South Pole in 1912 – toppled from its plinth and snapped at the ankles.

Now, 100 years after its unveiling on February 9, 1917, a Christchurch City Council team is getting ready to reinstate the Scott statue to its original stone base.

The statue of Robert Falcon Scott was located at the intersection of Oxford Tce and Worcester St.
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The statue of Robert Falcon Scott was located at the intersection of Oxford Tce and Worcester St.

The team's preferred design involves pinning the legs with carbon fibre rods and thread, and putting a form of base isolation between the statue and the plinth to give it added protection.

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Over the coming months, the team will carve a mock-up of one leg of the statue with Carrara marble from Italy, ensuring the break surface is accurately replicated.

It will then seismically test the mock-up and make any necessary adjustments before starting work on the statue.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the monument, which was sculpted by Scott's widow Kathleen Scott, was important nationally and internationally.

"Due to the fragile nature of marble and the angle of the break, risks are associated with any repair. At this stage, we're confident of a good result with the innovative repair design."

Provided a resource consent is granted and the seismic testing of the mock-up is successful, the project team expects to begin repairs on the statue in May.

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The statue is anticipated to be back on its plinth in time for the opening of the Antarctic Season in September, which would "be a fitting tribute in its centenary year", Dalziel said.

 - Stuff

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