City council voted 36-2 on Wednesday to include the return of the Garden of the Greek god statues to the city as a condition of amending Muzik’s lease on Exhibition Place grounds. Councillor Mike Layton said council’s decision will “right an historic wrong” that occurred when the city signed a lease with Muzik in 2004 to run a nightclub in the Horticulture Building, where the statues were located. “The statues were placed around a historic building, we included them as part of the grounds. That was wrong,” Layton told council. “We shouldn’t be including public art from a world famous Canadian sculptor and selling it, essentially, or disposing of it for years so that no one could see it.” In 2014, the Muzik owners built a fence enclosing a patio around the club, and within it, the twenty limestone statues sculpted by artist E.B. Cox. They will probably find a new home at the rose garden south of the bandshell on Exhibition grounds. The general public, especially children will now be able to enjoy them as the artist intended. Facebook comments: Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.