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September 22, 2016: Barrington Benches and Sculpture NS Give Birth to Venus

“The Barrington Benches,” located across from Grand Parade on Barrington Street, will soon have a new place for people to take a pause, thanks to a partnership between the Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) and Sculpture Nova Scotia. The installation takes place on Sunday, September 25, at 9:00 am, led by Windsor-based Heritage Memorials.

The granite bench is the result of DHBC’s Gritty to Pretty beautification grant directed toward last year’s inaugural Sculpture Nova Scotia symposium on the Halifax Waterfront. The $5,000 grant was advanced to further the Barrington Benches public art and beautification initiative. The funding enabled Halifax-based social sculptor Miro Davis to design and carve an intricate rest stop from Nova Scotia and African granite, donated by Heritage Memorials.

Davis’s site-specific sculpture is inspired by the famous “Birth of Venus,” and symbolizes the mysticism of love and the sea. “I think of Venus as an offering, a place to find comfort for busy minds on busy streets,” said Davis. “When you sit on the pearl, her shell forms a throne behind you, creating a protective shelter that invites contemplation.”

“Art is an important part of any great city,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “This piece not only looks beautiful but also provides opportunity for the public to engage with their Downtown. We’re pleased to be a part of this project, which will be prominently featured on one of Downtown Halifax’s busiest streets.”

Sculpture Nova Scotia (SNS) took place in 2015 during September and October, in partnership with Waterfront Development. The biennial symposium is a public, open-air creation process resulting in permanent granite sculptures. The inaugural event featured experienced artists-in-residence from Maine and Canada who mentored local artists in granite carving practice. The symposium took place at Salter on the Halifax Waterfront, near the Boardwalk. The public was able to watch working sculptors during daily opening hours. Enthusiastic observers from across Canada, the U.S., and 13 other countries signed the SNS visitor book, and organizers estimate that more than 10,000 people visited the sculptures, which were unveiled at Nocturne Art at Night. For more information, visit

About DHBC Beautification Grants:
In 2015, DHBC launched two grant programs: Gritty to Pretty Beautification Grant and Façade Lighting Grant. Both programs were developed to award a limited number of grants for beautification projects located in Downtown Halifax. These projects contribute to DHBC’s beautification efforts to make Downtown Halifax welcoming to locals and visitors alike.

About Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC):
Downtown Halifax Business Commission represents over 1,600 businesses located in the central business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. DHBC strives to make Downtown Halifax a better place to live, work, and play by: improving business conditions; promoting economic development; supporting members’ common business interests; and fostering a positive image of the Downtown area. For more information, visit

September 15, 2015: Halifax Waterfront to Host First Outdoor Sculpture Event

Sculpture Nova Scotia Welcomes Artists to Sculpt in the Open Air from September 19 to October 17 Halifax, September 15, 2015: Sculpture Nova Scotia will launch its inaugural symposium on September 19, kick-starting a public creation process that will result in a permanent collection of outdoor granite sculptures. The symposium will last four weeks, with the finished sculptures to be highlighted at Nocturne Art at Night on October 17.

Sculpture Nova Scotia (SNS) is a partnership with Waterfront Development. The event will host experienced artists-in-residence for mentoring local artists in granite sculpture practice. The symposium will take place at Salter on the Halifax Waterfront, near the Boardwalk. Public hours are 9 to 5 daily, Monday through Saturday. The public is invited to observe during opening hours, and a community event schedule is on the SNS website. A free Family Sunday of Sculpture is being offered in partnership with AGNS on September 27 from 1 pm to 4 pm. A free public lecture is scheduled for October 1 at 7 pm at the AGNS.

“It’s a demonstration, so people can experience the making of large-scale granite sculptures from idea to finished product,” says Pamela Scott Crace, one of the volunteer organizers. “We’re excited for Nova Scotia to be joining the sculpture symposium movement. It will connect citizens to public art in a new way.”

The symposium will highlight the talents of Maine-based sculptor Mark Herrington, Greek-Canadian sculptor Vasilis Vasili, and NSCAD MFA-candidate and intermedia artist Angela Henderson. The artist-interns are Miro Davis, Kimberly Watson, and Marc Graff. The entire team will be supported by artistic site manager Julie Glaspy, who interned at Sculpture Saint John in 2014.

“Around the world, people are excited about place making, using public spaces as stages for gathering and cultural expression,” says Colin MacLean, President & CEO of Waterfront Development. “Through partnerships with the private sector, our goal is to create a platform where our community can be creative and big ideas can flourish.

For More Information: Stacy O’Rourke 902.266.3906

About Sculpture Nova Scotia:

Sculpture Nova Scotia is a biennial symposium and arts festival that will result in a public collection of permanent outdoor stone sculptures. The goal is to connect citizens and visitors to public art, primarily by show-casing the art and practice of stone sculpting at the core of a month-long, outdoor arts festival on the Halifax Waterfront.