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pride celebrated with public art installation
art is a central part of community building and local cultural
three-year volunteer project to install the first major public
art piece in Eastern Shelburne County comes to fruition on
Saturday, September 17, during a dedication ceremony for the
Brad Hall metal and granite sculpture. The ceremony is planned
for 2:30pm at the Shelburne Harbour Marina breakwater, with a
small reception following at the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club.
was commissioned by the Shelburne Whirligig and Weathervane
Festival and overseen by a small volunteer committee.
couldn't be more pleased to be sponsoring this great
project," said Festival co-chair Herschel Specter.
"People come from all over Nova Scotia to see the
amazing creativity at the Festival and now there will
be another reason for people to come and visit the Town."
On a spot
overlooking the harbour entrance, the 10-metre metal sculpture
"mast" and granite and aluminum bench will welcome
working ships and boats and recreational sailors into one of
the most charming coastal scenes in North America.
project has garnered the support of Arts Nova Scotia, the
Municipality of Shelburne, the Town of Shelburne and dozens of
supporters through an online funding campaign named
"Small Town - Big Art"
has been a great chance to show Shelburne pride," says
project committee member Willa Magee, who has been involved in
every aspect of the project.
province-wide competition determined that Brad Hall, Annapolis
Royal metal smith and sculptor, would design and build the art
work. Hall installed his work in July and the surrounding area
was landscaped by a group of volunteers and supporters of the
Yacht Club and Festival.
sculpture rises more than 25 feet above its concrete base and,
with ribboned "flags" of hammered metal reflecting
the changing winds on the harbour, it will keep a watchful eye
on the comings and goings of sailors, ships and boats to and
from Shelburne Harbour.
metal and granite bench beside the sculpture is part of the
piece, which is installed on Town land leading to the
breakwater. From the bench, visitors have a commanding view of
the mouth of the harbour, the Sandy Point Lighthouse and the
working waterfront of the Marine Terminal.
As is the
case with almost all public art installations, Hall's piece
has generated considerable "chatter" among local
citizens. Being truly "in the eye of the beholder,"
art - especially public art - generates strong and sometimes
controversial opinions among viewers.
discussion that public art provokes can only serve to
strengthen our sense of community," says Festival
co-chair Wayne Blinkhorn. The Public Art Network of Canada
describes public art as "a central part of community
building and local cultural development." The group is
dedicated to raising the level of public art practice in
communities across Canada.
Hamilton, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Kelowna have
invested in commissioning and promoting public art as a
gesture of civic pride and as an economic development and
tourism promotion tool.
sculpture is destined to be the first in a series of public
art installations planned by the Shelburne County Arts
Council, who recently commissioned creation of a "public
art policy guide", designed for use by local municipal
units who wish to consider public art as part of their
development mix. "It was great how this project fit so
well into the plans of the Arts Council to create more public
art," says committee member and Arts Council executive
director Darcy Rhyno.
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Sculpture or Dedication ceremony:
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