Sackville Town Council will be asked to approve a public art installation next week that would depict a 15-foot-high metal cattail with a working weathervane on top and a compass at its base.
The stainless steel and chrome sculpture, called The Chignecto Balance, was designed by Slipper Liu Studio of Vancouver to create awareness of climate change.
Sackville’s Chief Administrative Officer Jamie Burke told council tonight that the Slipper Liu proposal fell within the $25,000 the town had budgeted this year for public art.
The project was chosen unanimously by judges, including members of the Mayor’s Roundtable on Climate Change, because it related specifically to the Tantramar region’s balance between “being a transportation corridor, but also rich in wildlife,” Burke said referring to the automobile and the big bird atop the weathervane.
“We felt this was the strongest and most appropriate work for the community and given its size and design elements, we really felt that it would be a strong symbol of raising awareness for climate change,” he added.
He said the sculpture would also feature troughs to gather and disperse rain water during storms.
According to Burke, the cattail sculpture could be located in one of five locations:
- Behind the Arts Wall near the entrance to the Waterfowl Park
- On the Lund property within the park
- At the Civic Centre
- At the Visitor Information Centre on Mallard Drive
- Beside the new Lorne Street flood control retention pond
“Because it is a weathervane, ideally it would be in an area that is obviously windy,” Burke said. “That was one of the reasons why some members of the Roundtable felt that the retention pond that is open and clear may be a better spot to capture the wind.”
For his part, Mayor John Higham stressed the educational aspect of the sculpture.
“The Roundtable people who looked at the design spoke about it needing to be seen by people because it would be an educational tool where you would learn to see which way the winds were blowing and what that meant when it moved in other directions,” Higham said.
“It was quite interesting, their view of it having a different benefit than perhaps just a nice lookin’ thing,” he added.