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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Indian Sculpture’s Future In Ocean City Unclear

OCEAN CITY -- With restoration funding uncertain, the future of the landmark Indian sculpture at the Inlet in Ocean City is in doubt this week as the weather has taken its toll on it over the last three decades.

Artist Peter Toth presented the Indian sculpture perched near the entrance to the Inlet parking lot to the town of Ocean City and the people of Maryland in 1976 as part of his larger plan to create a similar piece for every state in the U.S. as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. Through his Trail of the Whispering Giants plan, Toth created a sculpture unique to each state to raise the public’s consciousness of the plight of Native Americans and his gift to Maryland represents the Assateague Indian.

For over 30 years, the sculpture carved from 100-year-old oak has stood the test of time, tides and fierce weather along at the entrance to the Inlet, but it has gradually eroded to the point it will likely need to be restored to last another three decades.



Anonymous said...

Thiis is terrible! We need to keep it!!!

Anonymous said...

We need to move it to a new location. Conditions are to harsh where it stands

Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, don't paint it red that would be politically incorrect!

Anonymous said...

Keep it reminds people of the crying indian commercial and will help keep beaches clean ha ha

Anonymous said...

I remember when Peter Toth came to the area to do the sculpture. He met with Paul Jr. The owner of Paul Jones Lumber Co. in Snow Hill who donated the tree to be carved.
It would be ashamed to not restore this given all the talent Toth put into this tree!