The Art of Saint John

After finding the breakwater to Partridge Island in My Quest for the Forbidden in Saint John. I want to see some culture a little less restricted. I start at Fort La Tour

This is not just another historic place but an art-lovers delight.  I park across the road so I can get a few photos of the murals that are painted on the concrete pillars of Highway 1.

 

Following the signs to Harbour Passage Trail, within moments I see the two new murals that have been installed.   Artists Geoff Slater, from Saint Andrews, and Susan Sacobie and Gina Brooks, from St. Mary’s First Nation, have created these wonderful images.

Two New Murals at Fort LaTour
These two new murals by artists Geoff Slater and Susan Sacobie and Gina Brooks were installed to tell the story of the area’s aboriginal history and that of Françoise-Marie Jacquelin.
Two New Mural at Fort LaTour
New murals by artists Geoff Slater and Susan Sacobie and Gina Brooks. Sept 2017 at Fort La Tour.

They were installed after the statues of Charles La Tour, Francois- Marie Jacqueline and Charles D’Aulay were removed due to their deteriorating condition.

removed statures at fort Latour
Charles de La Tour, his heroic first wife, Françoise-Marie Jacquelin, and his rival Charles D’Aulnay, done by chainsaw artist Albert Deveau.

Like the fresh, colourful murals, they brighten up the winter. I leave the murals and head into the garden of sculptures. The grass is green because I’m using pictures I took in September, they just look nicer than the ones I took on the day.

 

 

 

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And of course James Boyd’s Wind on the Water and Hiroshi Tanaka’s Window on the Waterfront were featured in my story about the Saint John Sculpture symposium in It All Started With Love. One more architecture feature on Harbour Passage Trail is worth a stop. I often sit down and take some photos, keeping an eye out for harbour seals, shorebirds and just enjoying this area of the Fundy coast.

 

 

 

You can walk the Harbour Trail all the way back to Market Square but today it is cool and I am driving.

Market Square public art Map

This area is always abuzz with new artsy projects, no matter the season. However I never miss an opportunity to go see the Moosehead Brewery moose sculpture. He is life-sized and in his own little corner with some rocks and shrubs, happy as any moose.

Moose Head Brewery Moose Sculpture
Moosehead Brewery moose sculpture, Market Square Saint John.

The Market Square Lighthouse, the Harbour Trail starting point marker and Coast Guard lighthouse. are all visible from the boardwalk.

 

 

 

The Trade and Convention Center has several pieces. My favourite: People Moving Apart Together by John Hooper

Trade and Convention Center People moving apart together
Trade and Convention Center sculpture People Moving Apart Together.
Claude Roussell  Red Orange and Yellow piece attached tot he city Hall building
The red, orange and yellow sculpture attached to City Hall is Claude Roussell’s Progression.

Time Pieces created in 1984 by John Hooper sits at the Market Square entrance. I have taken a seat beside them just for fun to see if anyone notices. I have more sculptures by John Hooper featured in my story Humanity Found in Hampton, NB

Time Piece
A collaborative effort of John Hooper and Jack Massey.

There are two anchors located at the bottom of King Street, but I can’t find a title or artist for them.

Anchors
Anchors at the end of King and Water streets in Saint John

And of course my featured image of People Waiting, another great John Hooper piece outside historic Barbour House at the foot of King and Prince William.

 

 

 

This past summer a young sculptor named Hula caused a stir when he did a mural on the wall of the Coast Guard pier. He straddled a paddle board during low and high tides to paint a lady struggling to swim.  She is visible at low tide but only her fingers show at high tide. She is a must-see on my list today.

I get stopped trying to enter the Coast Guard parking lot by the guard on duty.  I tell him I am a travel blogger, then fiddle with my camera for effect and say I want to get some photos of the lady mural. He says, “You may not be able to see much, she has gotten very dirty.” I say, “I would like to try anyway if you’ll let me in.”  He grins and point me to a different access area, around the building to the other side of the fence. I see the poster for Hula immediatelyDSCN9363.JPG Indeed the mural has been taken over by clinging sea creature that have grown on her image.  I get the best shot I can, but unless she gets a good scrubbing, she wouldn’t be visible much longer.

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It is almost three P.M. I am hungry and thirsty but I know just the spot: Britt’s Pub. Yes, I often grab a bite and pint from a pub, but only if it reveals something to me and this one has a story to share.

Britt's Pub
Britt’s Pub and Eatery.

I drag myself up the hill and push through the wooden entrance door. I check left then go right, scan the walls and flop into a booth at the back.  My waiter approaches, he is clean-shaven, smiling and asks, “Can I get you a drink?” and places the menu in front of me.  His name is Darren.

I order a Britt’s IPA beer, he goes to the bar says ” A small?” holding up a small half pint glass, I say, “No get me a full big one.”  He handles the tap and pours the golden liquid into my glass.

Darren My server pouring me a pint.
My server Darren pouring me a pint.

We chat at length and I order the black bean burger.  This isn’t a restaurant review, I have planned this stop.  There are two murals on the back wall that any art lover wouldn’t want to miss.

Millar Brittain, and outstanding  water colour muralist
The National Gallery of Canada describes Millar Brittain as “an outstanding draftsmen, painter, water-colourist and muralist.” This is artist Chris Lloyd’s attempt to embody the spirit of Brittain’s work.

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As I sit under the Chris Lloyd Murals, I realize I still haven’t seen the fiddlehead sculpture outside The Arts Center, or Deanna Musgrave’s latest mural in the Market Square walkway or her piece Clouds at the Saint John Campus Of UNB.  I sip my pint slowly and puzzle over the fact that there is an art to seeing all the public art in Saint John. I haven’t mastered the pathway yet, but I will keep trying.

Please join me for my last instalment as I search around the city of Saint John

Happy Travels from Maritime Mac

 

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  1. I love your photos! The number of sculptures and murals are wonderful. Curious to see the American flag outside the pub, but the ice arena down the street from me has a Canadian flag flying next to the Canadian flag. Awesome! ❤️😬

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    1. He covered another story on His work in Humanity found IN Hampton New Brunswick. John Peters Humphrey, the writer of the Declaration of Human Rights, lived in Hampton New Brunswick, and John Hooper created the Credo Sculpture in his honour, It is fabulous

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  2. Truly enjoyed this. I kept thinking I had found a favorite… until I came to the next one! I finally settled on the Hula lady floating in the water. Someone really ought to clean her up! Have to say I was hooked with the first look at the people sculptures. Would love to see you sitting amongst them! 😀

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    1. I took one with myself sitting with them. for my end of post selfie picture but it didn’t turn out.
      John Hooper has another people sculptures i n my post humanity found in Hampton NB I sat with one of the in that post if you care to look. Once again thank you so much for your words. be well friend

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  3. Your photos are so beautiful – I feel like I’m right there with you exploring the streets of Saint John. Certainly the most curious is the work of Hula – now this would be a must see! I hope it is restored and preserved. It would be a shame to lose it to the sea. I also love the different works with ordinary people – especially the feature photo. I wouldn’t be able to resist taking a photo of it every time I saw it 🙂

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    1. You are right about the People, I go visit them every time I am in Saint John, wonderful piece of art, and a tourist draw for sure. I imagine the Hula will be cleaned up when tourist season returns. with pieces of ice floating in the harbour, I think the city would have a hard time getting someone out to scrub her clean lol. I hope to get a shot of her at low tide. Not sure when I well go back, It isn’t far but getting the time to go is hard

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    1. I know it is tough, to see everything. but as the old saying goes, “If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain. ”
      No need to leave your mountains you can read my blog instead.cheers

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    1. Saint john is great any time of year. although, when it is really hot in the summer Saint John can be very foggy due to Bay being relatively cold to the air. And winter is lovely but not all tourist places are open. May to Oct
      Partridge Island can only been seen from a boat kayak or from where I was at the breakwater. I t is illegal to go on the island. I am so glad you liked the city I presented. It is a fabulous place to visit and close to so much more in outlying communities.

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