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Memorial Park statue her ‘whole self’ again -- finally!

The restored statue dedicated to Olen J. Pond at Memorial Park.
The restored statue dedicated to Olen J. Pond at Memorial Park.(WPTA)
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 6:57 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A statue that has been “headless” for more than a quarter-century is back in top form at Memorial Park.

The limestone tribute to Olen J. Pond and to those who served in World War I was severely damaged decades ago and remained incomplete ever since -- looking more like a work from ancient Greece than an artistic effort dating to 1930, when it was erected.

The statue honoring Olen J. Pond as it stood for more than 25 years -- without a head.
The statue honoring Olen J. Pond as it stood for more than 25 years -- without a head.(Fort Wayne Parks and Rec. Dept.)

But the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department in recent years committed to restoring the artwork honoring Pond to her former glory, and that effort is now complete.

The statue looks out over Maumee Avenue, from the south side of Memorial Park, near the basketball courts.

It is one of several commemorative monuments on park grounds.

The memorial honoring Olen J. Pond -- then and now.
The memorial honoring Olen J. Pond -- then and now.(WPTA)

* This article is updated to indicate that the memorial is dedicated to Olen J. Pond by his wife. A model posed for the sculptor.

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