FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Our Common Woods: Felled Trees Return to The Common as Public Art Installations


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Our Common Woods

Felled Trees Return to The Common as Public Art Installations

Halifax, NS: As of Wednesday, June 14th, visitors to the Halifax North Common will note several new additions to the landscape. As part of a project which began in 2014, maple, elm, and sycamore trees felled to accommodate the alterations to travel lanes on North Park and Cunard streets are now returning to the landscape as public art installations.


The initiative, titled Our Common Woods is an effort to promote and operate under principles of sustainability and placemaking by the Halifax Regional Municipality, in association with The Deanery Project — the organization commissioned to facilitate and curate Our Common Woods. The trees, ranging in age from 40 to 120 years old, which would have otherwise gone to landfill, have instead been given new purpose through this project.


“As essential elements of our ecosystems, trees find their greatest value providing shade, oxygen, soils,  and habitat for other life. Through “Our Common Woods” we hope to connect people with opportunities to better understand the integral nature of trees in our communities. Once felled, trees continue to give in a myriad of ways.”


Says Kim Thompson, Executive Director of The Deanery Project, when asked to consider the importance of Our Common Woods.


The installations, by local artists Alan Syliboy, Erin Phillip, Gary Staple, Theo Heffler, and Steve Sekerak, function as park-scape furniture, and iconic sculptural pieces. When asked about his work elm elm maple elm, and it’s connection within the larger Our Common Woods project, Theo Heffler offers:


“this sculpture stands as a counter-monument to the trees lost on the Halifax Common and to the people fighting to strengthen our common spaces in the face of urban development.”


The formal Our Common Woods unveiling takes place at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 21st, as part of The City of Halifax’s National Aboriginal Day celebration.


About The Deanery Project: The Deanery Project is an arts and environmental learning centre located in Ship Harbour, on the Eastern Shore. Situated on 25 acres of woodland oceanfront The Deanery offers programming with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, community strengthening, artistry, and natural building.


Lauren Latour

The Deanery Project





Lauren Latour

Communications Coordinator 2017.

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