Scott’s statue is an iconic Christchurch Statue erected in 1917 and was carved by the subjects wife sculptor Kathleen Scott after his death. It is a memorial to those who died with Scott on his return journey from the South Pole in 1912. The 2.5 tonne, 2.6 metres high statue was badly damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake, when it toppled from its plinth and fractured through the legs.
Emily Fryer Conservation was involved in the whole process from recovery of the statue, assisting with a Statement of Significance, finding and carrying out a suitable conservation treatment and documenting the process, alongside Mark Whyte and Grant Wilkinson. Returning the statue back to its plinth was made possible by the novel treatment used and it was a moving experience to see him unveiled by Kathleen and Robert Scott’s great-grandson Dan Asquith.