BARRINGTON, N.S. –
The scenery in the Municipality of Barrington has just gotten that much more spectacular, with the installation of the 10, two-metre-tall (six feet) artistically decorated lobster sculptures that were commissioned last year as a Canada 150 Heritage project.
The sculptures are located at key places throughout the municipality, including the Baccaro Point Lighthouse, the Barrington River rest stop, the Barrington Municipal Administrative Centre, the Barrington Visitor Information Centre (VIC), the Barrington Municipal Library, the Shag Harbour UFO Site, Island View Park, Clark’s Harbour, The Hawk and Barrington Municipal High School (BMHS).
A map showing the locations of the lobster sculptures and giant lobster chairs that were commissioned three years ago is being created by tourism and community development co-ordinator Suzy Atwood to be given out at the visitor information centre. There are also tentative plans to run a photo contest this summer, encouraging people to take selfies with the lobster sculptures.
“It might be a good way of getting people out and seeing the great creations that they are,” said Atwood. “They are beautiful pieces of artwork, that’s for sure. The artists put a lot of work and time into them.”
Atwood said she hopes people will respect the sculptures.
“A lot of time and effort was put into this project. I wouldn’t want to see anything happen to them.”
The sculptures – which were first revealed in February – will remain out until fall, then will be taken indoors to protect them from the elements and displayed throughout the community in public buildings such as the arena, municipal centre and library.
Atwood said she encourages local residents to put out “their own lobster art” to decorate their yards. “I kind of encourage that because we are the Lobster Capital of Canada and it just kind of makes sense to play up that fact.
WHICH LOBSTER IS WHERE?
• Baccaro Point Lighthouse, Lobstering Through Time, painted by Clifton Sears.
• Barrington River Rest Stop, Blue Heritage, painted by Erin Smith.
• Barrington Municipal Administrative Centre, A Day in the Life, painted by Richard Brannen.
• Barrington Visitor Information Centre, the Logdriver’s Waltz, painted by Jackie Giguere.
• Barrington Municipal Library, Where the Sea Meets the Sky, painted by Michelle Blades.
• Shag Harbour UFO lookoff site, Secrets of the Sea, painted by Tara Goreham.
• Island View Park, South Shore Dream, painted by Janet Moore.
• Clark’s Harbour, LOBball Champ, painted by Shannon O’Sullivan.
• The Hawk, Paradise, painted by Morgan Reashore.
• BMHS, It Takes Many Pieces, painted by Class of 2018/Our House Youth Wellness Centre.