Stories abound at Haliburton Sculpture Forest
By Chad Ingram
June 7, 2016
“It’s all about the stories that we create, that we know . . . and that we share with one another,” says Jim Blake, curator of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest.
Blake is the guest speaker at the Friends of the Haliburton County Public Library’s annual general meeting, speaking to a crowd at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre.
Started in 2001, the sculpture forest is in Dysart et al’s Glebe Park, near the Haliburton School of Art and Design, and today includes a collection of some 30 works.
“You can see that everyone responds to the sculptures in a different way,” Blake says, adding there are stories about the artists and their artwork, but also the stories that people transpose onto the pieces. “What the artist thinks about, and thinks they’re creating, becomes even more magical when people start to place their own stories with it.”
There’s A Conspiracy of Ravens, by welding artist John McKinnon, which made its way to Haliburton County from Nelson, B.C., strapped to the top of a Jeep.
There’s Gelert, the legendary Irish wolfhound wrongfully killed by his master, the Welsh Prince Llywelyn, his bronze figure looking out on the forest from his dignifed perch.
There’s Pan, god of the forest, playing his flute and carved from an 8,700-kilogram block of granite.
The forest has something special in store for 2017 in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, Blake tells attendees.
Eight sculptors – four national, four international – will be invited to the forest.
“Each will get a piece of limestone to tell their stories of Canada,” Blake says.
The sculptures will then be displayed along the Head Lake trail.
For more infomation on the sculpture forest, visit www.haliburtonsculptureforest.ca.