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- Three Centuries of Public ART

- Three Centuries of Public ART

Historic Halifax Regional Municiplity
edited by Francis Mitchell
photographs by Barbara DeLory; Gary Castle & Andrea Johnson
illustrated by Janet Soley
guest editor Virginia Houston
foreword by Sandra Alfoldy
edition:Book
tagged : canadian

Three Centuries of Public Art: Historic Halifax Regional Municipality. Each of the 114 pieces of public art would fall into place and sketch out for me our history of HRM: our wars, our sorrows, our joy, our immigrant faces, and our growth as a municipal city. Now it seems I can join in many more conversations adding something informative from what the public art has whispered in our ears. 270 coloured photos of the Halifax Region's public art, 9 maps, 6 walking tours. 114 stories including its …

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Three Centuries of Public ART Then look across the square to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, the oldest public building in Halifax (andoldest Protestant church in Canada), founded in 1750, although the steeple was added in 1812 and the side wings in 1868; the Fallen Peace Officer’s Memorial, dedicated in 2010 and described in greater detail inthis essay; the massive flagpole standing in front of City Hall for over 60 years. It was a gift of the CPR to his worship, Mayor ‘Gee’ Ahern, in September, 1947; it is used on many ceremonial occasions, but always flies the red maple leaf of Canada; and finally the ‘electrical box’ paintings, two of which are found here (The Poetry Box and Downtown Dusk Walk ) and described near the end of this chapter on Halifax Centre.It also contains many benches on which to sit or picnic in this serene setting just beyond the bustle of Barrington Street at noon.

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Christopher Pratt

Christopher Pratt

Six Decades
edition:Hardcover

Christopher Pratt is one of Canada's most prominent painters and printmakers. His reputation was solidified with the celebrated retrospective of his work at the National Gallery of Canada in 2005.

The intense realism of Christopher Pratt's art is, at first glance, deceptively simple. But behind the recognizable images lie deeper meanings. Pratt's search for a reality that is magical and mysterious gives his work its uncanny and haunting qualities. Since the day in the mid-1950s when Pratt firs …

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Prince Edward Island: Landscape and Light

Prince Edward Island: Landscape and Light

by (photographer) John Sylvester
edition:Hardcover
tagged : landscapes

In 2014, John Sylvester is celebrating his 30th year of photographing some of Canada's most remarkable places. This book  is a retrospective of his main inspiration -- Prince Edward Island. It includes much new material, but also includes many beloved classic images that have graced the pages of his previous books. Prince Edward Island: Landscape and Light takes us on a journey showcasing John Sylvester's approach to photography, not only making images at the edge of day and night, but also the …

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Halifax in Watercolour

Halifax in Watercolour

The Paintings of Alexander Cavalié Mercer, 1838-1842
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

British Artillery officer Alexander Cavalié Mercer is most famous in history circles for his detailed account of his experiences leading up to and including the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Fewer know him as an amateur artist, but Mercer often composed what he called “souvenirs,” paintings and sketches of his postings in Europe and North America. While posted in Halifax, Mercer painted nearly 80 watercolours of the area between 1838 and 1842.

Halifax and Watercolour showcases 50 of Mercer’s …

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