CBRM launches new “ARTirondack” chair project

August 4, 2015

SYDNEY, NS – Locally manufactured and artist-painted Adirondack chairs were unveiled today at the Sydney boardwalk. In association with Business Cape Breton’s CBRM Blossoming program, the municipality has partnered with the Haley Street Adult Services Centre Society, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Youth Art Connection and Artpreneurs to manufacture and paint the chairs. The chairs will be available for public use, starting tomorrow, in the free wi-fi zone in front of City Hall.

“We are lucky to have so many talented artists here in Cape Breton,” says Mayor Cecil Clarke. “The fact that we were able to use local manufacturers and artists to produce these chairs demonstrates the high quality of work being produced by Cape Breton artists. These chairs illustrate our rich Cape Breton culture and will look great at City Hall and in other locations in CBRM in the months ahead.”
“This is a pilot project for this year. We are already planning to expand the program next year to include more community art throughout the CBRM,” said Eileen Lannon-Oldford of Business Cape Breton.
Artists put finishing touches on the chairs during a demonstration afternoon at the boardwalk today. Profiles of the artists are available on the CBRM Official Facebook page.
The chairs will be placed in the free wi-fi zone in front of City Hall at 320 Esplanade starting tomorrow, August 5.
“This project provides new and emerging visual artists with an opportunity and venue for professional experience to expand their creative practice,” says Lori Burke from the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. “It is encouraging that the CBRM is supporting the development of the creative economy in the downtown core and throughout our communities, particularly amongst our youth.”
Make sure to watch for these beautifully crafted Adirondack chairs at City Hall at 320 Esplanade and in CBRM communities in the months ahead.