DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Council has decided that Fly Freeman's ‘Uxbridge Story in Stone’ sculpture will be installed in front of the township offices.
At a meeting on Monday, May 1st, council approved a recommendation from Colleen Baskin, the Secretary of the Arts and Visual Enhancement Committee (AVEC), to have the sculpture placed “within the interlocking pathway leading up to the main doors” of the township building.
The sculpture is a four panel piece that depicts the township’s history.
AVEC had previously asked council, at a meeting on Monday. April 10th, to have the sculpture placed in Centennial Park. However, council was concerned about the possibility of graffiti.
According to Ms. Baskin’s report to council, following that meeting the site in front of the Township offices was reviewed by Township staff and AVEC.
“It was felt the stateliness of the walkway and its location lent itself to the artwork, and gives it a place of importance in the community while making it visible, accessible and safe. In short, the site and the artwork complement each other,” Ms. Baskin wrote in her report.
However, Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor said to install Fly Freeman’s sculpture in front of the township offices, the Ron Baird sculpture that currently sits on the township property will have to be moved.
“I think we should be removing the one piece that you don’t see, hidden in the trees. I have no idea where we could put it, but I think there’s lots of areas that we could certainly support putting another piece of art in, there’s no point in having three in this location,” she said.
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