ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The AVEC (Arts and Visual Enhancement Committee) has accepted a proposal, from local artist Fly Freeman to carve a four-panelled stone monument to celebrate Uxbridge heritage by highlighting the pioneers that first settled in the town, it’s growth, and creation of it’s many trails.
According to the Committee, the monument “will be of historical significance, as well as a focus for our community pride, and an inspiration for our youth.” The sculpture will be a highlight of the sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017.
Fly Freeman has already begun work on the sculpture. It is taking place at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, during the operating season, between May and October. The work is being done using traditional hand tools and should be completed by Fall of 2016.
Fly Freeman spoke to The Standard about why she decided to take on the project. “I am a passionate believer in making art for communities in a place where the people, who will live with the work, can come and watch their art being made - and as a sculptor to answer questions along the way. So, I decided to design a stone carving that was a visual and verbal poem/story about the town, and to offer to do it in a public space rather than in my studio,” said Ms. Freeman. “In my ideal world, the piece will function as a Trail Head for the 'in-town' trails, which we are woefully lacking, and as a spot from which trail signage can spiral out,” she continued.
The AVEC also plans to use the monument as an educational tool for schools in the area. A model of the sculpture is available for booking by schools, to explore the history of Uxbridge. “I think these stories are very inspiring in our times, and I wanted to honour the re-planters, but also those who built the towns too - an awesome labour and how these little mill towns grew from the 'sawmill on the river' outward,” said Ms. Freeman.
Booking the model is on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking availabilities are: September 12 to 16, September 19 to 23, September 26 to 30, October 3 to 7, and October 10 to 14. Classes can also visit Fly Freeman as she works on the monument. A museum staff member will be on hand to tour the class through the property. The project is being created from 4 pieces of 3-foot high Indiana Limestone. They will be assembled to form a cube, and will be placed on a 3-foot high base.
To book the model of the sculpture for a tour, please contact Tamara McKenney at 905-862-0796 or email her at: email@example.com.
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