Statues erected posthumously in honour of eminent persons are not maintained and one can see crows’ droppings and discoloration of the statues. I have seen this on a statue put up at F. R. Senanayake Mawatha, Town Hall, one installed in the premises of the Vihara Maha Devi Park Open Air Theatre, on the D. S. Senanayake statue facing Galle Face Green and many other statues. I have also noticed that almost all the statues erected in the compound/ premises of the Old Parliament Secretariat have crow excretions on them.
I suggest that the authorities responsible maintain these well by washing these regularly and also painting whenever necessary. If it is not practical to do so as they are located at various places, may I suggest uprooting all of these and planting them in a public place facilitating easy maintenance and maybe, even naming it the “Hall of Statues.”
Floral wreaths placed on commemoration days on these statues are left to wither and not removed at the appropriate time. As for me, I wonder whether we are dishonouring them by honoring them only on the day of commemoration!