A bronze dog statue is coming to Robbins Farm Park.
The statue will be similar to the one that graced the park from roughly 1880-1952, according to Roly Chaput, a member of the Dog Committee that has made the statue project a reality.
The original statue, which guarded the Robbins’ mansion, was probably taken by the crew that demolished the mansion in 1952, Chaput told the Board of Selectmen Monday. The board supported the statue project in a 5-0 vote.
The new statue will be copied from one of two similar statues outside the Houston (Texas) Historical Society (pictured above). The copy will be done by a Houston sculptor for about $12,000-$15,000, Chaput said. The project is being privately funded.
No decision has been made yet on the exact placement of the statue.Chaput said the project is 75 percent complete. He said the statue is meant to commemorate Robbins, who sold the land to the town in the 1940s for $33,000.
Chaput is joined by Elaine Backman, Don Kalisher, Judy Leicht, Tony Vogel and Oakes Plimpton on the Dog Committee.