The Vancouver Park Board says whoever placed an Iron Man helmet on the Harry Jerome statue along the Stanley Park seawall has until the end of the day to retrieve it or it will be seized.
Park workers noticed the Iron Man mask on the nine-foot bronze statue of the late North Vancouver track star early this morning. Photos of it are now circulating on social media.
Whether the masking of Jerome is a guerilla marketing campaign ahead of tomorrow’s release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron or just a bit of mischief, the park board says it was unsanctioned.
Harry Jerome, Canada’s top sprinter in the 1960s, won Olympic bronze at the 1964 Tokyo Games and later gold medals at both the 1967 Commonwealth Games and 1968 Pan Am Games. He was 42 when he died of a brain aneurysm in 1982.
Iron Man, a key member of the Avengers, is a comic book hero and the mechanical alter ego of billionaire Tony Stark. Actor Robert Downey Jr. in the Marvel movies portrays him.
The 2015 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic will be held at Swangard Stadium on Monday, June 8th as a critical qualifier for Team Canada at set for the Pan American Games in July. Information at www.harryjerome.com