The municipality of Franklin celebrated the installation of a work of public art with an inauguration ceremony on October 13.
Commissioned by the previous administration, the imposing sculpture entitled Living Forces was crafted entirely in stainless steel by local artist Sylvain Dubois. Installed in mid-September in the municipal park adjacent to the town hall, the piece was designed to integrate many of the municipality’s characteristics and attractions.
A plaque has also been installed to inform visitors and tourists of the artist’s vision.
“There is no shortage of tourism gems in Franklin, and now we have added a work of art that is rich in meaning to our landscape that contributes to the cultural development of our community,” said Franklin mayor Yves Métras.
“It really captures the character of our beautiful region,” said Métras, while pointing out that certain aspects of the sculpture depict Covey Hill, the river, orchards, and maples groves, as well as the significance of the area for cyclists and motorcyclists.
The inauguration was also attended by Huntingdon MNA Carole Mallette, municipal councillor Nathaniel St-Pierre, and members of the municipal administration. Métras thanked Dubois for his contribution to the region’s cultural heritage, while acknowledging the efforts of the public works employees who ensured the piece was properly installed in the park