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It wasn't clear on Tuesday who placed the penguin statue — which bears a striking similarity to the once-populous Earls Restaurant penguins — in the plaza, nor whether the city was also going to remove it.
But what is this abandoned-looking plaza whose pedestal seems to cry out to guerilla artists — and possible mid-90s relic hoarders — to try and fill its void?
In 2006, as The Vancouver Courier reported, a researcher seeking to uncover the origins of the forgotten-looking plaza and pedestal on Clark Drive discovered it once housed a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus.
The statue, called The Dreamer, was erected in 1986 in the plaza, which was one of a dozen or more small park sites that sprung up along the then-new SkyTrain line and what was intended to be a pedestrian-and-cycle-friendly parkway system.
Years went by and the plaza on the truck-heavy corridor became neglected, until one night in 2000, the Columbus statue was taken.
It reappeared months later in the Italian Garden at Hastings Park.
The pedestal has remained empty — except for temporary rogue art installations — ever since.
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