MPP Ann Hoggarth stood alongside the BaySide Artists of Barrie on Friday March 3, 2017 to unveil a mosaic celebrating Ontario’s 150th birthday.
The project created by the BaySide Artists entitled "Our Canada" began to take shape in 2016 and is made up of an impressive sixteen panels, each telling a story about a specific person or landscape in Canada’s history.
"The BaySide Artists set out to capture Canada's robust history through an ambitious collaborative project," said Hoggarth.
When viewed together, the piece conveys a moving statement about the journey of our great nation from 1867 to today."
One of the tiles features Terry Fox who has a special connection to the Barrie area. Thirty seven years ago, Terry Fox made his way through Barrie on his Marathon of Hope to raise funds for cancer research. In October of 1980, Barrie became the first city to host the Terry Fox Run in his memory and to this day, the event takes place in cities right across Canada and has raised millions of dollars for cancer research.
Other paintings in the mosaic recognize Nellie McClung and the fight for women’s political equality, Roberta Bondar, our nation’s first female astronaut and lines from John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields.
The installation will be featured in MPP Ann Hoggarth’s office for the month of March.
"After being showcased from Springwater all the way to Milton, I am fortunate to have the BaySide Artists hang this beautiful mosaic in my constituency office for the month of March," said Hoggarth. "I would like to invite members of the community to visit my office to see this magnificent piece of art and to celebrate Canada 150 with my team," Hoggarth concluded.
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