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.

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