Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gwendolyn MacEwen Park

There are not many parks or sculptures honouring women but the tiniest park in the Annex area is named for Gwendolyn MacEwen, an award-winning Canadian poet & novelist who lived her short adult life in the Annex. Born in 1941, she died in 1987 and the park was renamed in her honour in 1994 but it was little more than a traffic circle with a couple of benches until 2010 when after persistent pressure from locals a major makeover was done which expanded, landscaped, and beautified the park. This bronze bust by John Reynolds had been unveiled in 2006 and supervised the whole makeover! 

11 comments:

Paul in Powell River said...

The bust portion of this sculpture is shown in close-up on her Wikipedia entry. You've done her proud.

Deb said...

Good to see the bust is now in a more fitting surrounding than a traffic circle.

Regina K said...

Oh and they honor her with such lovely tulips. Love your new look!!!

Jack said...

I like this bust and the park. Very nice.

LĂșcia said...

And now she is surrounded by beautiful flowers. ;-)

Lynette said...

You've got a great photo here which shows the sculpture very well, along with those colorful tulips.

Randy said...

Nice tribute with lovely flowers.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Lovely memorial, beautiful flowers. Thank you for the history.

NixBlog said...

Wonderful to see persons of letters honoured in this way. USually it's statespeople, soldiers, politicians and sports-stars... Lovely shot, Pat.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Nice to see her being recognized in a more fitting way Pat.

Halcyon said...

It's too bad the bust is only her head. I think it looks sort of odd. But I definitely agree with honoring women more, just with more attractive statues. ;)