Safety Risk Posed

Rotaynah to be Moved
Posted on 08/14/2018
Image of RtaynahAkron Public Schools officials told the Akron School Board at its regular meeting August 18, 2018, it will remove Chief Rotaynah, the 33-year-old, 36-foot-tall wooden statue that fronts Resnik Community Learning Center on West Market Street.

Rotaynah is a sculpture -- a Native American chief carved by Peter Toth, a former Barberton resident and Hungarian immigrant.

Before it is removed later this month, APS invites residents to visit Chief Rotaynah from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, August 19.

Between termites and weather, the elements have taken a toll on the statue, and it is now a safety hazard to keep standing.

It will go into storage and reunited with its 16-foot feathers, which were removed in 2011. Then, a professional will evaluate it for future use.

The statue is part of Toth’s Trail of Whispering Giants, a series of Native American statues located in all 50 states, Canada and Europe.

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