Healing symbol from Fort Royal Medical Building won't be reused: developer
But site developer Donald Milliken, of Milliken Real Estate Corp. in Vancouver, said the piece is made of “flimsy” thin metal, possibility some kind of tin, that made it difficult to remove and retain.
“We couldn’t think of what could be done with it from a practical point of view, so it became part of the demolition of the building, which is ongoing.”
As for offering it to the public, he said: “It’s flimsy. It’s huge. Who is going to be able to do anything with it? We came up blank.”
"flimsy material" that lasted fine for 60 years. i think donald perhaps lacks imagination and big thinking capability.
It really is too bad; back in the Dark Ages when mom graduated in the mid-50's from nursing school all nursing grads received a Rod of Asclepius lapel pin which she proudly wore and kept over her entire 40 year career at the Jubilee Hospital.
Although the metal no doubt suffered from 'weather-fatigue' after six decades I'm sure if they'd really wanted to it could have been saved somehow, in part if not in whole. If that Turner building development ever happens, which was supposed to include a coffee shop/cafe I believe, I think incorporating the old metal symbol somehow there - even if it was only the head of the snake and a few feet of the body - would've been very apropos.