North Bay’s waterfront will soon have a public art sculpture.
The steel piece was donated by Clean Green Beautiful (CGB) North Bay and approved by council Tuesday night.
Hariett Madigan, Chair of CGB North Bay says she’s elated the sculpture will be installed.
“It’s a contemporary piece and it’s made of steel so as it rusts it gets stronger,” she says. “To us, it’s a symbol of the founding of North Bay and our history, our heritage. If the railroad hadn’t come through this area we wouldn’t have North Bay.”
The sculpture will be installed on the busker stage right in front of the waterfront entrance to the pedestrian underpass.
“When you come under the underpass towards the waterfront that’s the first thing you’re going to see,” she says. “It’s a welcoming piece just by the design of it.”
Madigan also says while CGB North Bay coordinates neighbourhood litter clean-ups and raises awareness, that’s not their only mandate.
“Beautification is a big piece because where there is beauty you have a stronger, healthier community,” she says. “This is the first of what we hope to be other public art that we’re going to install in the community, in different areas. It’s not all destined for the waterfront, it’s destined for other places in the community too.”
The new waterfront piece was created by Canadian artist Claude Millete.