Sculpture to be installed downtown to commemorate George Stanley
Artist beginning preliminary design work on statue
Downtown Sackville will soon be home to another sculpture — this one commemorating Canadian flag designer George Stanley.
The bronze life-size sculpture is expected to be installed later this fall on Main Street and is being designed by Halifax-based multidisciplinary artist Christian Toth. Toth is also the creator behind Heron’s Watch, the sculpture that was installed last fall at the corner of Bridge and Weldon Streets and features a five-to-six-foot high blue heron and two ducks nestled within a waterfowl landscape.
“We’re very pleased we have a very qualified individual who has submitted (a proposal),” said Jamie Burke, senior manager of corporate projects for the town.
The town issued a Request for Proposals earlier this summer and two bids were submitted by the Aug. 2 deadline, with Toth’s proposal receiving the go-ahead.
The sculpture is one of a handful of legacy projects for which the town received funding to help mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. The funding was awarded under a community development program offered by the New Brunswick Regional Development Corporation.
Burke said the artist has begun the preliminary design process based on photographs of Colonel George Stanley. Stanley, a historian, author, soldier, teacher, founding director of Mount Allison University’s Canadian Studies program, and designer of the Canadian flag, was a long-time resident of Sackville. Burke said the town has been consulting with the Stanley family on this project.
At a cost of $52,900, the piece will be installed on Main Street, between the post office and Goya’s Pizza.
A specific date has yet to be determined as to when the sculpture will be installed but Burke noted that the six projects have to be wrapped up by the end of the year. The other projects include: a plaque, flagpole and cairn at Stanley’s gravesite; a shelter and new park benches at Memorial Park; the relocation of the Sackville Arts Wall; a new addition to the Sackville skateboard park; and a permanent display at the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre to commemorate Canada 150.
The above image is a conceptual representation of what the sculpture may look like when completed.