Client: City of Woodstock
Location: Woodstock, ON, Canada
Completion date: 2023
City of Woodstock
The sculpture depicts a lifesized youth sitting on the top of a 20 foot wide by 12’ tall arch while holding a weathervane up in what looks like a difficult task. The ambiguous and far fetched narrative that presented invites contemplation. The work was developed to have a conversation with the the 19th and early 20th century weathervanes found in Woodstock: atop the cupola of the Old Town Hall, now known as the Woodstock Museum NHS, and in the museum’s collection – with three exquisite weathervanes from the Woodstock community. The sculpture is positioned in the tree grove opening in the southern part of Florence Carlyle Park. The height of the arch allows the sculpture to be visible in all seasons. As well, the contrasting colouration and scale make the work visible from a distance: from the north end of the park, adjacent Vansittart Park, and to the passersby in vehicles on Vansittart Avenue and Drew Street. The arch adds an interactive element to the work, enabling viewers to walk around and through the sculpture.
Connect park visitors with local history and heritage, through the use of dramatic and familiar imagery, as well as, to prompt them to reflect on our past, present and future.