OUR VIEW: We appreciate outdoor art

Sidney is the perfect place to see public art in a picturesque setting

We are so lucky.

On the Peninsula, we live in one of the most picturesque settings in the world. It’s no wonder throngs of tourists flock to our slice of paradise to see the sights and attractions we have to offer.

Starting one month from now, visitors and locals alike will have another reason to appreciate the beauty of the Peninsula, when the Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk opens. An official ceremony is planned for June 8.

The walk takes people along the town’s waterfront to view 12 newly installed sculptures set against an oft-photographed background, which includes the Gulf Islands and the Olympic mountains.

Installation of these sculptures started Friday, May 4 and will continue throughout the month of May (the second was placed near the Anacortes ferry terminal on Monday – see the photo on page A1). You’ll likely see crews working with artists as new pieces go up along the waterfront in the coming weeks.

Another benefit? The artists have donated their works in hopes that passersby will be compelled to buyt them. Each piece stays on the walk for about two years, when it might be replaced with something new.

The sculpture walk is a great way to appreciate the work of artists from the region and the rest of B.C. in a beautiful setting. It makes art accessible and easy to enjoy.

We give full credit to the members of the sculpture walk committee, who have been hard at work making this wonderful new attraction for the Peninsula, which complements the existing public art along the waterfront so well, a reality.

We’re so lucky that we have such talented sculptors in our midst and that we can display their works of art among such a breathtaking background.

 

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