SCUGOG: There are currently plans to honour the late Bill Lishman with a statue.
Doug Moffat and Dr. Bill Eull appeared before Scugog council, on Monday, February 4th, to pitch a “memorial structure” to honour the local artist and longtime Scugog resident, who was best known for his work leading a group of geese on a southern migration with his ultra light aircraft.
“He was a great guy, great artist, and a great citizen of Ajax, Pickering, Scugog, Durham Region and the country of Canada. He has done notable work everywhere. We think it would be really worthwhile to propose a commemorative sculpture in the style of Bill Lishman,” Mr. Moffat said.
Mr. Moffat and Dr. Eull are part of a group of people who are planning to raise funds for the commission of this sculpture. The main purpose behind their presentation to council was to ask to have the Township give assurance they will receive the sculpture into their public art collection and designate a place for it when it is complete.
“We haven’t finalized a design,” Mr. Moffat said. “We haven’t finalized a location. All we’ve finalized is we think there is going to be a cost, probably $200,000, and we’re hoping to raise that.”
Mr. Moffat also said he hopes this is a sculpture that will last “many, many decades.”
The Scugog Council for the Arts (SCA) has partnered with the group to help with the fundraising.
“It is a charitable body, and it can give charitable receipts. They have agreed to be partners with us on this and we will be funnelling all the moneys that we raise through the [SCA’s account,]” Dr Eull explained.
Ward 1 Councillor Ian McDougall praised the project.
“I can’t think of a more worthy person to see a statue erected for,” he said.
Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido questioned how the Township would go about finding the land, to delegate for the placement of the piece.
CAO Paul Allore suggested that could be part of the scope of the Township’s waterfront review.
Ward 5 Councillor Lance Brown questioned if the Township would be responsible for maintaining the sculpture in the future.
“ Once it [is] given to the municipality, it will be seen as a public art feature and maintained accordingly, as any other public art feature” CAO Allore explained.
Council later passed a motion to endorse the principle of a commemorative art feature honouring Mr. Lishman, which would be donated to the township as a public art feature upon completion and the advancement of the project be considered in the Township’s comprehensive waterfront strategy.
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