Archive for the ‘Art and Sculpture’ Category
This statue of William Lyon Mackenzie King was unveiled during the 150th anniversary celebrations at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School in 2005. King was a student here from 1887-1891 and went on to be the longest-serving Prime Minister in the Commonwealth as he led the Liberal party in power for 22 years. The school opened in 1855 and after a few moves opened at its current location in 1876.
We plan to stop blogging on An Insider’s Guide to Waterloo Region with this post. There are 492 photo posts of Waterloo Region which reflect its natural beauty and social diversity.
Gasoline prices are now 60% higher than when I started this blog and I no longer drive home from work taking detours to Cambridge, Waterloo or the townships. I plan to focus on more energy efficient endeavours including a new volunteering venture in downtown Kitchener. Perhaps I will write about that some day. Thanks to all who followed and commented on this blog. It will remain public for the time being.
The newest sculptures in the City of Kitchener are far more interesting than the infamous “worm” in front of the courthouse on Frederick Street. The Pedestrian on the parking garage at Charles and Benton Streets is easily understood as is this new art in McLennan Park on Ottawa Street in Kitchener. The park officially opens tomorrow and the festivities and events are detailed here.
(McLennan Park , 901 Ottawa St. South, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Artist: Gerry Houghton
“Moments”, the new public art work at McLennan Park, is a 5-metre tall aluminum sculpture. Four figures are grouped together: cyclist, skateboarder, walker, and ice skater, to celebrate the spirit of recreation at McLennan Park.
These sculptures are on the new municipal parking lot at the corner of Charles Street and Benton Street in Kitchener. I cannot find anything about them on the internet. They are far more interesting than the Kitchener courthouse sculpture or Waterloo’s rusty bell.
Does anyone know about the artist or meaning of this piece?
Thanks to reader “MG” who commented and shared a link to an article from The Record (Nov 30/10)
“KITCHENER – Roofers on the new downtown parking garage at Benton and Frederick streets work among some of the figures that make up Pedestrian, a sculpture by Ted Fullerton.
The work of art consists of seven resin figures in stride. Project plans call for a bronze sculpture at street level.”
Here is some Kitchener trivia:-
The statue of Queen Victoria, located in Victoria Park, was unveiled in May 1911. The Princess of Wales Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire raised the $6,000 needed for the statute.
There used to be a statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I in Victoria Park. It was unveiled 13 August 1897. The statute was thrown into the park lake after World War I started, as a result of anti-German feelings in the city. Eventually the statue disappeared.
(source – Kitchener Public Library)