The Pers Monument
|the Pers Monument
The Pers Monument
Humans and zombies alike will see the following (permanent) description when standing in front of the monument:
"You are at the Pers Monument, an equestrian statue on a plinth."
The Pers Monument is an equestrian statue on a plinth, constructed in copper, with a bronze copper bas-relief on concrete. It has since its construction eroded, giving it a strong green-ish colour.
One of Malton's better known residents during the post-WW2 years, Hans Crispin Pers (1898 - 1967) was a prolific sculptor inspired by the Art Noveau and Deco movements, and in his later years by the unpopular Bauhaus style.
He left his home in New Brunswick at the age of sixteen and walked barefoot to Malton carrying his only possessions - a chisel and an eight kilo block of Belgian limestone.
He began as a classical sculptor working on commissions for the city in his early twenties, his most famous being The Kitchingman Monument. During the second world war, a bizarre medical condition called "Muntpanter's Syndrome" (affecting the part of the brain known as "Shatner's Bassoon") kept him from having to fight and he continued his sculpting, working mainly on private commissions as his increasingly bizarre style fell out of favour with his civic patrons.
He was arrested in 1952 for Public Indecency after unveiling what some would call his masterpiece, "Two Trombones Making Love To A Horse". He was not charged, however, and the piece was sent into storage and has rarely been seen since. It is now believed to be in a private collection.
Despite his controversial later years, Pers was a popular and charismatic resident and in 1962 the Malton Marxist Collective raised funds for him to ironically build his own memorial - a bas-relief collage of metals depicting a group of gun-toting vegetables chasing what appear to be creatures from Greek mythology.
He was to die five years later without ever revealing the meaning behind his unusual epitaph.
Since the Malton Incident in 2005, few have visited the monument.