1 July 2017
Join the Town of Norris Point, the Gros Morne Cooperating Association and Creative Gros Morne for a community celebration to unveil a permanent outdoor art installation in Norris Point as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration!
The event will include tasty treats provided by the Savour Gros More Chef in Residence. The artists and curator will be present to talk about their work and share their inspiration and thoughts on the work and its location.
The Gros Morne Whirl, a wildlife-themed, wind-powered whirligig (or “wind-jack,” in the local vernacular) that pays homage to the region’s natural environment. The kinetic sculpture is inspired by traditional weathervanes and folk art practices that stretch back to the early days of Confederation, but will incorporate modern-day construction techniques to take full advantage of the winds that sweep the province’s coastline. This playful artwork is intended to connect with a broad audience, and engage the public in ways that celebrate the environment, people and culture of the region.
Slipper and Liu are internationally-established sculptors with over thirty years of experience in designing and sculpting. They have produced many public art projects at a wide range of scales and materials across Canada and abroad. They aim to communicate the essence of a place through their work, creating landmarks that forge universal human experiences. This will be their first public art project for Newfoundland and Labrador, and represents a special opportunity for the Vancouver-based team to travel from West coast to East coast.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
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