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New Brunswick’s SCULPTURE TRAIL

Saint John

saintjohnSitting on a slight rise on the left as you enter the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick is Jhon Gogaberishvili’s sculpture First Day.  Its location could also symbolize the beginning of creating a path or career by obtaining a solid education to all who attend the university. “From the centre of the work, as if from exploding stones, organic forms are born – a sign of life. Within its exploding sculptural environment an abstract modern connotation is created, through which a spectator can discover his or her message…” says Gogaberishvili.

In his own words “First Day is associated with the initial roots of creation, the birth of life – as if time has started only from that moment.” First Day
Jhon Gogaberishvili – Republic of Georgia

If you look up to the left as you exit off Mount Pleasant Avenue onto South Lake Drive at the entrance to Rockwood Park, you will see artist Hiroyuki Asano’s sculpture, Sunshine and Moonlight Over Saint John.  The artist’s theme for this sculpture is ‘expressing time and the passage of time’.  “Because the sunshine and moonlight will always shine in Saint John, the holes also create changing shadows over time” says Asano.

In his own words – “I often think that ancient times can be seen in stone, if the other side is seen.  This is one of the reasons why I make holes in the stone; the holes represent holes in time.” Sunshine and Moonlight Over Saint John Hiroyuki Asano – Japan

Rothesay

rothsayLocated on the Rothesay Commons, artist Jo Kley’s sculpture Ark pays homage to Rothesay’s rich shipbuilding past. Situated between two footbridges it can be easily seen by all who pass by. “I tried to shape the boat as roughly as possible, to form an archetype of a boat, just as I formed an archetype of a tower. A rising tower, a symbol of Rothesay, is sailing on a nutshell-like boat that rocks in the waves” says Kley. This sculpture brings a sense of community, built on the past and looking forward to the future.

In his own words – “Being located along the banks of the Kennebecasis River, Rothesay is a good, indeed idyllic, place to live; its inhabitants are very lucky people.”
Ark Jo Kley – Germany

In a tranquil setting just in back of the open-air stage at the Quispamsis Town Park, you’ll find artist Agnessa Petrova’s magnificent sculpture Cascade. Petrova created a sculpture reflected the rich legacy of the areas forests and abundance of waterways. “Our town was energized by the symposium. The sculpture’s lasting impact
is appreciated every day as people stop to admire this wonderful piece of art,” says Mayor Driscoll.

In her own words – “…I often use wave shapes…For me, these shapes are the most immediate and exciting way to express the powerful and harmonious energy of life.”
Cascade
Agnessa Petrova – Bulgaria

Quispamsis

quispamsisIn a tranquil setting just in back of the open-air stage at the Quispamsis Town Park, you’ll find artist Agnessa Petrova’s magnificent sculpture Cascade. Petrova created a sculpture reflected the rich legacy of the areas forests and abundance of waterways. “Our town was energized by the symposium. The sculpture’s lasting impact is appreciated every day as people stop to admire this wonderful piece of art,” says Mayor Driscoll.

In her own words – “…I often use wave shapes…For me, these shapes are the most immediate and exciting way to express the powerful and harmonious energy of life.”
Cascade
Agnessa Petrova – Bulgaria

Grandbay-Wesfield

grandbayIn September of 2012, Radoslave Sultov’s sculpture Rivergate was installed at Brundage Point in Town of Grand Bay-Westfield, next to the Westfield Ferry crossing. As a participant in the Sculpture Saint John (2012), Sultov visited the area where the sculpture was to be located in order to get a ‘feel’ for the place. In his statement about Rivergate and the process of creating it, Sultov said, “The interplay between the rough rock and the geometric pattern is like the water-land boundary…the whirl structure frames a focal point to the beautiful river panorama.”  Sultov selected this specific location in order to ensure the vantage point of viewing the St. John River.

In his own words – “I tried to create a design that corresponds to the ambience of this place, where water meets land.”

Rivergate
Radoslave Sultov – Bulgaria

St. George

stgeorgeLocated on the lawn of the town’s post office is artist James Boyd’s Water Stone. The Town of St. George is also known as ‘Granite Town’, having at one time over 50 quarries in the area. Known for red granite—St. George Red, it was transported from the quarries to a processing mill in St. George by way of the Magaguadavic River. Boyd selected a piece of the St. George red granite for use in his sculpture. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to use a piece of St. George granite that was quarried some 80 or more years ago; and I have used it as the central element of my sculpture” says Boyd.

In his own words – “I decided to create a sculpture that paid homage to our deep connections to our local waterways.”
Water Stone
James Boyd – New Brunswick, Canada

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