Culture & Events Featured Posts — 21 September 2011
Mosaic project to celebrate grand opening, Sept. 25

An image showing the detail of Pieces Of Dryden, a mosaic structure/scuplture which was commissioned by the city for Dryden’s Centennial. Local artists will host a grand opening, Sept. 25 at Johnston Park. Photo by Chris Marchand

Pieces of Dryden, a mosaic artwork commissioned by the City of Dryden for the community’s recent Centennial celebrations is finally ready to be unveiled.

A grand opening will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Johnston Park.

The octagonal structure, conceived of and constructed by Willene Moffatt and many members of the local arts community is now standing in its permanent location in Johnston Park.

Using different colours of shattered donated pottery, the mosaic aims to convey a sense of the elements — earth, water, wind and fire — in a dynamic and three-dimensional manner. Integrated into the design are upwards of 60 custom pottery plates featuring the names of local individuals and businesses who each donated $25 to the project.

Over two years in the making, the project was also saddled with controversy and politics in regards to its final location.

Those involved with the project lobbied hard for North Dryden’s Johnston Park site, despite the majority of city council members who expressed a preference for idea of erecting the public art structure in the more well-travelled Cooper Park.

Proponents of the Johnston Park site finally won over council in June, as a final decision was made for the sculpture to be placed in North Dryden.

By Dryden Observer Staff

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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