Public Art as Artifact and Icon: The Robert Burns Statue in Fredericton

Burns Monument Postcard

Robert Burns Monument Postcard (Fredericton, New Brunswick)

York Sunbury Historical Society evening programs take place at Old Government House (51 Woodstock Road, Fredericton) at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of most months. We can park on site and come in the side entrance and programs are free and open to the public!

Thursday, October 20 at 7:30pm: Dr. Gregg Finley

Public Art is usually understood as one or more works of art placed on display in an outdoor public space. Typically that space is free and accessible to all. Since Public Art is available to everyone, it is ironic that so many sculptures, murals and monuments are often ignored. But this is not what  happened with a piece of Public Art unveiled recently in Fredericton.

By some estimates, more than a thousand people assembled near the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to celebrate the restored statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The date was September 10, 2011. It became a major community event. The occasion itself and the statue that was at the centre of the  celebration are both worthy of some commentary.

Dr. Gregg Finley will speak about Public Art as Cultural History. He will explore the continuing fascination with Robbie Burns, the public campaign to restore Burns’ statue,  and the statue itself as a heritage artifact

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