New public artwork to be unveiled at Mary’s Barn in Terra Nova Rural Park
17 August 2016
A new public artwork for Mary’s Barn at Terra Nova Rural Park will be revealed on Sunday, August 21 as part the Sharing Farm’s 8th Annual Garlic Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Artist Blake Williams created a pair of panelled wall assemblages for the north façade of Mary’s Barn. The artwork is constructed from a variety of rusted, recycled farming tools including axes, shovels and pitchforks—some of which were collected from local farmers and community members. In addition, archival photographic images, transferred onto glass plates using a kiln fired process, gives a glimpse into the past of what farming life was like in Richmond. The public will have a chance to meet and speak with Williams from 10 a.m. to noon.
The artwork honours the City’s rich agricultural history at Terra Nova Rural Park and sets the stage to welcome visitors to the farm and Mary’s Barn—a new 3,500 sq ft building that is an essential operational hub for agricultural activities at the Sharing Farm.
Mary’s Barn officially opened on June 18, 2016 and is named in honour of Mary Gazetas, the founding member of the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, which is now known as the Sharing Farm Society. Recognizing the need for healthy fresh food at the Richmond Food Bank, Gazetas worked to secure a small plot of land to grow vegetables for donation. As a result of her initiative and leadership, the Sharing Farm was established and has gone on to donate over 200,000 pounds of fresh organic vegetables for low-income families in Richmond. Gazetas was also a passionate supporter of community-engaged arts and was instrumental in implementing the community public art project before her passing in 2012.