The Prime Ministers Statue Project and the Township of Wilmot are pleased to announce the subjects of three sculptures to be installed on The Prime Ministers Path during 2017, Canada’s Sesquicentennial year.
Look forward to seeing representations of a local boy who became Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister and also of our Prime Ministers during the 50th (1917) and 100th (1967) years of Confederation.
Bronze works of The Right Honourable Prime Ministers Pearson and Mackenzie King will be unveiled on June 29th at 6 pm on the northeast lawn of the Wilmot Township Administration Complex in Baden.
The sculpture of Prime Minister Lester “Mike” Pearson, entitled “Big Shoes” is one of the works being installed beside Castle Kilbride. It will be the second piece in the collection by Wilmot Township artist Ruth Abernethy who created the inaugural sculpture of Sir John A. Macdonald unveiled for Canada Day, 2016.
Nearby, visitors will be able to explore “A Meeting of Minds” by Newfoundland sculptor Morgan Macdonald. It depicts Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in attendance at the Quebec Conference during World War II.
In early November, “The Confident Patriot”, a sculpture of Sir Robert Borden who was Canada’s Prime Minister during World War I will be unveiled. This bronze work is currently being created by Nathan Scott in his studio near Victoria, British Columbia.
The three sculptors named above will be in attendance at Castle Kilbride on the evening of June 29th. Plans call for New Brunswick artists Darren Byers and Fred Harrison, and for Alberta artist Alan Henderson to complete works for the collection in 2018.
All sculptures on The Prime Ministers Path are life size and invite viewers to interact with the subjects. The poses of the figures and their ground level installations allow viewers to get up close and interact with the figures or perhaps take some selfies. In addition, every sculpture has “Easter Eggs”, subtle carvings and symbols relating to the prime ministers’ lives, embedded on some surfaces.
The unveiling of the Lester Pearson and Mackenzie King sculptures will be part of an entertaining evening warm-up to the July 1 weekend and sesquicentennial celebrations in Wilmot Township. Following the unveiling, guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and attend the first outdoor concert in the summer series at Castle Kilbride. It will feature the Shananigans performing a lively all-Canadian program.