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Lord Beaverbrook’s statue begins journey to new home

Lord Beaverbrook’s statue has begun a journey to a spectacular new home. The famous statue of one of New Brunswick’s most important benefactors will join two other important works to create an important new sculpture garden next to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on the Green.

In preparation for the move to the garden next to his namesake gallery, work has begun on the removal of the statue of Lord Beaverbook from Officers’ Square. The statue will be safely placed in storage until it is reinstated in the garden next to the Gallery next year. Site preparation work is already underway.

Designed by world renowned Italian sculptor Vincent Apap, the nine-foot bronze statue will soon take its place next to a repaired and reinstated Sir James Dunn Memorial Fountain (The Three Graces) and a reinstated Robbie Burns statue at a site next to the Gallery.

 “The idea of a sculpture garden, visible from the window of our new pavilion, was always part of the vision for our expansion,” said Thomas Smart, Director/CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. “Relocating the sculpture of New Brunswick’s native son Lord Beaverbrook to a location near his art gallery and in view of the Provincial Legislature creates the perfect accent for an expanded space for public art.”

Council approved the move last October.

The new sculpture garden next to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on the Green

“Discussions with The Gallery about moving the Lord Beaverbrook statue to the proposed sculpture garden started in January of 2018,” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien. “While the City will continue to own the land and sculptures, we are pleased to work with the Gallery to fund the effort and enhance public art in our community.”

The move is one part of a larger project to revitalize Officers’ Square.

The legacy of Lord Beaverbrook lives on in Fredericton in the many buildings and streets that bear his name, the scholarships he established and the many lives he touched. 

After a campaign to raise money for its creation, the Lord Beaverbrook statue took its place in Officers’ Square in 1957. The relocation of the statue meets the requirements of heritage permits from the provincial government.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery sculpture garden is due to open in 2020.