The Process

The relief on the bronze shards was produced using artifacts that people in the community brought to impression-making sessions or were gathered from museums and collections in NB. Principle among those collections were:

The George Frederick Clarke Artifact Collection at UNB Fredericton that professor David Black shared with me with the permission of the Maliseet Advisory Committee on Archaeology.

New Brunswick Museum in Saint John's historical and biological collections.

The vast Kings Landing Collection, Loyalist House Museum, the SJ Fire Department and Police Department Collections, Fundy Park Visitor Centre, and various corporate and private collections.

From the impressions of artifacts gathered 39 chronologically organized bronze shards were produced to form a timeline around the sculpture.

Plaster patterns were made of the shards and then we poured the bronze shards themselves here at my studio. That was done in 2010-2011.

The vessel form is made using concrete. This was a complicated process. We had to have a stainless steel armature grid made that would reinforce the concrete once it was set. We used shot crete to spray the pigmented concrete over the frame, but to do this I had to make forms for the inside of the vessel to shape the inside face of the sculpture. We did this with fibreglassed, plywood strip construction. The we welded the bronze shards to the steel frames, attached the frames to the forms with soakers and trucked these to the site where the foundation was already poured and ready to go.

The shot crete job was intense, hard work and toward the end done in a driving rain storm.

The concrete then had to be kept wet so it would cure properly. Once the concrete was cured we removed the forms and supports, patched holes resulting from attaching the forms to the frame, then in the spring of 2014 I refinished the bronze, stained and sealed the concrete and Leisure Services did the landscaping.

Early Process

Later Process