BARRINGTON, N.S. – The wait is almost over.
The Municipality of Barrington will be unveiling the 10 roughly-two-metre-tall (six-and-a-half-foot) 3-D lobster sculptures that have been painted by local artists as a Canada 150 legacy project at a meet-and-greet Feb. 6 at the Municipal Administrative Centre.
“The moulded fibreglass lobsters have been a work in progress since last fall. They’re pretty awesome,” said Suzy Atwood, tourism and community development co-ordinator for the Municipality of Barrington.
“They’ve really exceeded my expectations for what I had envisioned,” she added. “The artists, they are all unique in their own way, they did a great job of interpreting what we asked of them, to capture the history, heritage and culture of the area.”
The artists chosen for the project were:
• Erin Smith, Barrington Passage
• Jackie Giguere, Weymouth
• Richard H. Brannen, Cape Sable Island
• Clifton Sears, Barrington Passage
• Shannon O’Sullivan, Clark’s Harbour
• Janet Moore, Shelburne
• Michelle Blades, Jordan Falls
• Tara Goreham, Woods Harbour
• Morgan Reashore, Quinn’s Falls
• and the 2018 graduating class at BMHS led by Melissa Strachan of Shelburne County Youth Health and Support Association.
“It was really nice to have a youth-driven one,” said Atwood. “The class of 2018 have all left their mark on one of them so that’s really nice.”
The Feb. 6 unveiling, which starts at 7 p.m., will include a meet-and-greet with the artists and sponsors. Sponsors include Cape Sable Historical Society/East Bay Reality, Fownes Law Offices, Wilson’s Home Hardware Building Center, Vernon d’Eon’s Fishing Supplies, Dixon’s Marine Group, Barrington and Area Chamber of Commerce, R.I. Smith Lobster Company Ltd., RBC, CIBC, and Barrington Catch Monitoring.
While the project was largely funded by the federal government through the Canada 150 Heritage Canada Fund, Atwood said the project has received a lot of support from the community, from B. Reynolds Trucking transporting the unpainted sculptures from Dartmouth to Barrington free of charge, the Shelburne County Arts Council contributing to the artists’ fees and art supplies, and Allen Christies Body Shop donating time and talent to give the sculptures a protective top clear coat.
“They look great,” said Atwood. “These lobsters will be around for hopefully years to come.”
It hasn’t been determined yet where the lobsters will be placed.
“We will determine locations in the spring,” said Atwood. “We want them in high-visibility areas. Some may be indoors. Some outdoors.”
Either way, along with the five giant Lobster Adirondack chairs already in place at key rest stops throughout the municipality, the sculptures will be the beginnings of the Lobster Art Trail, which will be a new promotion to entice visitors to the area.
The lobster sculpture unveiling is just the beginning of the Lobster Capital of Canada Lobster Sculpture Art Show, one of the many events planned for the inaugural South Shore Lobster Crawl taking place between Feb. 2 and 19 in Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties.
On Feb. 8 the Buoys of Barrington will be added to the exhibit and, along with the lobster sculptures, will remain on display until Feb. 16.
In between, as part of the South Shore Lobster Crawl, the municipality is hosting a Nautical Rope Wreath Workshop on Feb. 10 at 1:30 and 3 p.m., and a Buoy oh Buoy Paint Night on Feb. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barrington Recreation Centre. Space is limited for both events.
The South Shore Lobster Crawl is a collaborative initiative of the South Shore Tourism Co-operative, its members and partners.
It is to be officially launched Jan. 31 at Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack in Barrington Passage. More information of the Lobster Crawl is available online at www.lobstercrawl.ca