Rhodo sculpture to be celebrated at public reception

June 9, 2016 - The City of Fredericton and the Fredericton Botanic Garden Association invite the public to attend a reception at 2:30 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in the Rhododendron Garden of the Fredericton Botanic Garden to celebrate the installation of the Rhodo granite sculpture by Jim Boyd.  The sculpture was made possible through a special project grant from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, awarded to the City of Fredericton.

The reception will be preceded by a “Rhodo Walk & Talk” starting at 1 pm from the kiosk at the Entrance Garden at the Prospect Street entrance to Odell Park.  It will be led by rhododendron expert Garth Nickerson, Nursery/Tree Fruit Specialist, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries.  The Rhododendron Garden can also be accessed via the Fredericton Botanic Garden Resource Centre off of Cameron Court.

“We are grateful to the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation for providing funding for this exciting new piece of public art in our city,” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien.  “It allows us to integrate more arts and culture into the daily life of our residents.”

“I had a tour of the Botanic Garden in early 2015 and particularly liked the rhododendrons and the area where they are situated,” said Mr. Boyd, whose art proposal was selected a year ago through a juried process.  “My sculpture, consisting of a bud emerging from a series of leaves, was inspired by the beautiful bud and leaves of the rhododendron.”

“We are thrilled that Jim Boyd’s latest sculpture will be unveiled this week at the Fredericton Botanic Gardens,” said Kathryn McCarroll of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation.  “Like Water Stone in St. George, Nature’s Grace in Eastport, Maine and Peace Wing in Hampton, Boyd’s work Rhodo will become a signature for the City of Fredericton. Congratulations to the City for its vision of enhancing quality of life through public art.”

The City of Fredericton invited New Brunswick artists to submit design concepts for this project in November 2014.  It was announced in March 2015 that Hampton, NB based artist, Jim Boyd had been selected to create a granite sculpture based on his proposal called Rhodo in reference to the Rhododendron Garden found in the Fredericton Botanic Garden.