New home for tree carvings

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Town to replace carvings taken from square

The piper, one of three tree carvings formerly located in Victoria Square, is being relocated within the downtown. The carvings were removed as part of the revitalization of the square. The piper carving is going near the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Mural on the corner of Ratchford and Havelock Street.

AMHERST – A trio of tree carvings moved to make way for the refurbishment of Victoria Square have found a new home.

The carvings, stored in the town garage since the project started last year, will be relocated within the downtown and should be back in place soon.

“In order to accommodate the renovations to Victoria Square, the tree carvings were removed and stored for future use,” Amherst’s director of planning and development Jason MacDonald told the town’s June committee-of-the-whole meeting on Monday.

The carving of the piper, that was located near the cenotaph at the top of the square on Victoria Street, will be put in place in the park in front of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Mural on the corner of Ratchford and Havelock Street.

The carvings of the Acadian-era woman and boy are being put in place on Havelock Street where the former Bird’s Drapery Building was located prior to its demolition last year.

The carving of the boy was put in storage in April 2011 after it was struck by a snowplow.

“Using the tree carvings will generate interest in the area,” MacDonald said in his report to council. “They will add a visual element which improves the aesthetics of the downtown and could lead to more people spending more time downtown. It’s another small step in our Centre First Strategy.

The carvings were completed several years ago by Bruce Hebert from diseased trees.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

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  • Huge Baloney
    June 20, 2012 - 08:37

    Especially since the piper looks like George Bush Jr.

  • Gerald Gosbee
    June 20, 2012 - 08:16

    with respect for all pipers of Amherst past and presant that gave so much to the Town events Put the Carving Back in Victoria Square... the onely place where we belong. By the way the Carver did us prode as we did Amherst This is one of the best tree carvings i have seen.. and the painting is also great... so put it back as a thankyou pipers for your dedectation to all the events in Amherst

  • flipx
    June 20, 2012 - 08:09

    Have to agree with Really sad and the town should be pushing for more tree carvings as it is a tourist draw if a big tree needs to come down it is put into a carving or bring them in and place the carvings all over town tourist would drive all over Amherst to look give them a map get them lost LOL they will spend their money. Think of the carvings as a defibrillator sadly Amherst is in a slow death spiral how many tourists pass by Amherst everyday and never stop in.Someone needs to get a vision and soon or hang the closed sign out and turn off the lights.

  • Really Sad
    June 19, 2012 - 22:59

    This makes me feel really sad. That piper belongs in the town square!! It was a great tourist draw for the downtown area and its a crying shame that it wil be stuck where people will not see it!! How many visitors have you seen stop to take pictures of the ridiculous lights in the square or those horrible "elf house" notice boards?? We want to attract people to the downtown, not send them away laughing. PLEASE put the piper back where it belongs!!