large-scale piece of public art installed in a park

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The city’s first large-scale permanent public art installation in more than 40 years was quietly unveiled on Thursday.

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“Horse and Cart” by Nicholas Crombach, now based in Victoria Park, “refers to an old-fashioned children’s tricycle from the horse and buggy era” – the same time the park was created – reads -on in a city press release.

“Enlarged at life size, the children’s toy appears to transform from an inanimate object into a trotting horse pulling a cart,” the statement continued.

The sculpture, which is 15 feet in length and half that in height, also refers to the fact that the park, which officially opened as Victoria Park in 1892, was agricultural land before it was granted to the city to become a park.

The project had a budget of $ 55,000 and follows the renovation of the Williamsville district green space in 2017.

Crombach, who is based in Kingston, is an “artist-sculptor whose work addresses styles and themes of European art from the Baroque to Victorian times,” according to a Publish on the city’s website. His sculpture was one of five that were shortlisted for the Victoria Park Public Art Project in April 2019.

As the pandemic continues and public health measures remain in effect, the public unveiling of the project will only take place after it is safe to do so.