Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Great Idea for a great Canadian...

Sir "John A" was Canada's first Prime Minister and ran under the banner of a Liberal Conservative which fits well somewhere in the genes of all Islanders and I think it’s very fitting that the City which hosted Confederation should promote this great Canadian...
Canada's first prime minister will grace downtown Charlottetown next year
The Guardian
A new sculpture of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, will be gracing downtown Charlottetown by next summer. Tourism Charlottetown, in partnership with several other organizations, just put out a request for proposals for artists to create a three-dimensional, life-size bronze sculpture of the famous politician. It’s one of many projects that will be announced by a committee made up of Tourism Charlottetown, the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, Downtown Charlottetown Inc., the City of Charlottetown, and local resident Mike Murphy.The committee is working on a historic streetscape and signage program for Charlottetown, with 75 per cent of the funding coming from the federal government’s Confederation Birthplace Initiative, said Kim Green, CEO of Tourism Charlottetown. John A. Macdonald was chosen for the sculpture because he had an impact on Charlottetown, said Green.“John A. Macdonald was very instrumental in expanding the Charlottetown Conference into more than just a Maritime union discussion, and he was central in forming Canada. So we felt that he was an integral person to sculpt, to bring that story of Confederation to the streets of Charlottetown.’’The sculpture will be unveiled next May. Green said they’re still trying to decide on a specific spot for it, but it will be downtown, somewhere near Province House. Macdonald will appear as he would have when he attended the Charlottetown Conference in 1864. “The entire committee feels that it should be a very interactive, engaging display, so it will appeal to people to engage with the sculpture, as opposed to maybe just a bust or a head.’’They’d like the sculpture to be playful, said Green.“Maybe him sitting on a bench, with his top hat on his lap . . . something like that. That’s up to the artist’s imagination, but we want people to feel that they can come up and touch it and maybe sit with it or stand beside it, but yet, be very authentic at the same time.’’Other projects planned by the committee include 17 interpretive panels throughout the downtown, and signs that will point visitors to various attractions in the city. This is just phase one of the project, said Green, and the committee hopes to unveils plans for future sculptures.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm just glad it's not more provincial money.