The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce the on-site installation of “Niagara Strait,” a large-scale public art display created for placement at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory, is set to take place on Thursday, December 13. A formal public dedication and unveiling ceremony of the completed work will be held in the spring of 2019.

Niagara Parks wishes to invite members of the media to attend this unique photo opportunity to gain a first look at the new sculpture as it arrives from the facility where artist Gordon Reeve has been working closely with a multi-disciplinary team from Niagara Parks, as well as several local companies to bring his vision to life.

Hodgson Custom Rolling (Niagara Falls) was enlisted to create the three rippling stainless-steel walls that will make up the giant silver monoliths representing the rock face of the Niagara Gorge. The installation will be delivered by Empire Transportation (Grimsby), and then carefully lifted into place by Modern Crane (Niagara Falls). Final on-site construction and finishing will be completed by the Niagara Parks team.

Installation of “Niagara Strait” sculpture begins. Interviews will be available with Niagara-based artist Gordon Reeve, as well as Niagara Parks Acting CEO David Adames and Senior Director of Parks, Environment and Culture Steve Barnhart.

Thursday, December 13 at 2 p.m.

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens Plaza, along front entrance path to the Butterfly Conservatory, 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls

Media parking is available in the front parking lot.

Project Background
The professional art competition to develop a public artwork piece for the Botanical Gardens comprised a key component of Niagara Parks’ 2017 “Rooted” commemorative programming, supported by the Ontario150 funding program administered by the government of Ontario. Artists were invited to submit designs for a public installation that “celebrates and embodies the unique spirit of the people of Niagara, from the original Indigenous inhabitants thousands of years ago, to the people who are proud to call Niagara home today”. The winning design is entitled “Niagara Strait” designed by Niagara-based artist, Gordon Reeve.

“Niagara Strait” is comprised of three stainless steel walls, which mimic the sheer walls of the Niagara Gorge, creating a dramatic sense of entry to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Inspired by the seldom seen depths of the Great Gorge, the open interior of the installation is designed to invite visitors to explore the smooth, yet rugged walls and view this artistic piece from every angle, before beginning their journey into the gardens.

Former Professor of Sculpture at the University of Manitoba, Gordon Reeve has completed various other large-scale public installations over his career, as well as produced a number of award-winning films on art, architecture and performance. His works are recognized for being ecologically responsible and for their ability to stand the test of time in both their design and durability of materials.

About Niagara Parks
Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

For more information, please visit or contact:
Tony Baldinelli, Senior Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
[email protected]
(905) 356-2241 ext. 2206

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