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The Pear Tree: New Sculpture for Social Services

The Pear Tree

Mary Catherine Newcombe. Built by The Two Smiths

Celebrated the installation of the new sculpture at 99 Regina St. It celebrates the functions of the Social Services Building.  The winding vines not only reflect the living vines in the atrium but also the winding on the symbol of medicine for public health. The pear represents a lot of things, food security, local food, Ontario Works. The nest for family and child care. The artist says that each of the eggs represents the future of a wish.

The sculpture is made of aluminum, copper and brass.  The artist is local and the cost was $65,000, under budget. It was a lot harder to make than it looks.

Doug Gilmour had a great time lapse video made of the piece being put up.He has promised it will eventually be on the net and I can link to it.

We had a pear cake in the shape of a copper pear to celebrate.

Arts and Culture Accelerator Center

On Friday Morning I went to the Prosperity Council Report on the Arts. Some very good ideas, one being that we create an accelerator center for the arts. Our local Accelerator Centre in the R and T park is helping small businesses get started. One recently was an automated car counter for roads for example.

A barnraising committee is being formed to get money from the region and cities and businesses, etc.

I pointed out that we are in a recession and while I like the idea, taxpayers are always concerned about tax increases. What are they going to do to help politicians who are generally supportive since it only takes one election to sweep us all away (whatever level we are). Panel said they have to get public onside and also help us (Yup)

But in any case, that evening I went to the opening of Impact 09 and the play put the avant in avantguarde. Mayor Halloran was there too. The audience was mostly young people.

The first tweny minutes was very Warhol, twenty minutes (It felt like twenty minutes!) of watching hands washing a pan of dummy hands. Squeaking away. Then a lot of Waitng for Godot and Warhol moments for instance long videos of chinese waiting for a bus. I know they have lost me when I am examining the clothes the actors wear. They got a standing ovation, but it was not for me. (Turns out it was about Sars panic, now I kind of get it)

Anyway, my point is, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have avant garde stuff just cause I don’t get it. Weird stuff can help creativity. BUT, I would have a hard time justifying it with the public who were so against our tame art for a Roundabout.

That being said, right now we have lots on the edge, the Impact09, CAFKA contemporary art and Word on the Street, all on one week end. A vibrant arts weekend that needs supporting.