GENESEO – A three-month search is over for the perfect granite to repair the bear fountain.
Mayor Richard Hatheway said that pending a few formalities, the stone is ready to come up to Geneseo from Stony Creek Quarry in Branford, Connecticut to be shaped into the fountain’s new bowl.
“Our consultants at Moorland Studios have already looked at it and it is a good replacement,” said Hatheway. “We are awaiting a final report that will allow us to retrieve it and work to begin.”
The bigger challenge has actually proven to be locating the right chunk of sandstone for the bear to sit upon. Sculpture purists call this the ‘capital.’
“The original capital is injured beyond repair,” said Hatheway. “We have a lead on that and were actually waiting for that to be confirmed yesterday or today.”
Hatheway said that if all goes as planned, the much loved and sorely missed bear fountain will be ship-shape next summer.
A truck struck the 128 year old fountain at Main and Center street in April 2016.