PARRSBORO – Harvey Lev only has one rule for submissions for an upcoming sculpture project here. No sailors with pipes.
Make that two rules. He doesn’t want schooners either.
“It’s not an attempt to compete with Lunenburg,” said Lev. “It’s an attempt to bring Parrsboro something that will fit into the geography and, of course, attract people. If we can get a mass of 6-12 public sculptures, there are people who will turn off the Trans-Canada to come down here just to see it.”
The project is one of several being promoted by Lev and Judith Bauer at Main & Station, the under-transformation iconic Main Street building known to Parrsboro locals as “the old post office.”
Under the slogan “Desperately seeking sculpture,” the project is inviting public submissions of works for display around the area, including the town, its beaches, shoreline and hills.
The idea is to celebrate the town’s uniqueness, according to Bauer.
“We want to stand out, and focus on what makes Parrsboro different from all other communities, not what makes it the same,” she said. “It will also give the artist an opportunity to perhaps sell their work. There is so much talent in this town.”
Each sculpture selected for inclusion in the project will be on display for at least one year. For details on how to submit, visit the website www.hmsnonesuch.com.
The long-term hope for Lev is to see the sculptures become an annual installation, with 12-20 in total, and half of them changed every year. If it gives visitors one more reason to make the trip to Parrsboro, then hopefully some will decide to stay and have supper. Others may decide to one day move here.
“Across North America, big cities are growing and small towns are dying,” he said. “For a town to survive, it needs that special niche.”