Sculpture highlights unique spirit

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Sculpture highlights unique spirit

BROOKDALE Five hundred pounds and two years of homework.

That is how teacher Laurie MacLeod described the latest addition to Cumberland North Academy, an aluminum sculpture unveiled outside the elementary schools doors in a ceremony.

The new sculpture, designed and built by Amherst firm Tantus, expresses the uniqueness of the two-year-old school, according to MacLeod.

We have this school on this site because of the dedication to our rural culture and we, like the statue outside, arent part of a cookie-cutter culture where everything is mass-produced and made of plastic.

The entire student population of the school gathered outside with staff and visitors to witness the unveiling, and later took the celebrations inside to the gymnasium for speeches and performances from the school choir.

The students seemed excited to be a part of their schools history.

Its amazing, the way they built it, said Grade 5 student Christopher Hill, admiring the sculpture. Its really representative of our school.

Featuring an open book, a cattail and a marsh hawk, the polished aluminum sculpture was one of five designs submitted by Tantus to a selection committee, according to designer Jonathan Nichols.

For us, it was stepping out of our comfort zone and being challenged by something a little bit different, he said. It was a huge learning curve it always is but it has to become a work of art more than a project.

The sculpture signifies the final detail of moving into the new school, according to Chignecto family of schools superintendent Scott Milner.

It does show and represent the strength and beauty of your surroundings and the connection to your environment, he said. I know this will be an important part of your school for years to come.

Organizations: Cumberland North Academy

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