Beaverton Harbour Sculpture Project
In 2017, in honour of Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Beaverton Special Events, in partnership with the community, launched an ambitious public art project. Entitled ‘Skywoman’, this unique sculpture was designed to become an iconic Beaverton Harbour landmark. Local and internationally acclaimed artist Ron Baird generously offered his talents and time to design and create this unique kinetic sculpture for the community. Unfortunately, several events prompted the committee to reconsider the design for this piece and the artist graciously offered to bring another concept to life.
In June 2021, Council approved and adopted the BHAC’s recommendation to accept the public art donation by Ron Baird and the Beaverton Special Events for the Beaverton Harbour.
In early 2022, the concept design for ‘The Wishing Tower’ was approved by Brock Township Council and included in the framework for the Harbour Master Plan.
We are excited to announce the new and iconic, state of the art kinetic sculpture that will take its place at the Beaverton Harbour.
‘The Wishing Tower’ by Ron Baird
“My desire is to situate the sculpture at the entrance to the harbour as an iconic welcome to the magic that people of all ages experience when they enter that space. My proposed design amplifies the elements of this space, the water, shoreline, trees, and the sunsets. The whimsical elements of the sculpture and the movement mimic the water motion of waves and bubbles. The large boulders creating the base for the sculpture remind us of the history of this meeting place.
I see the sculpture as a linking element, enticing people to continue their explorations from the Lions Walking Trail and the beauty of the natural habitat of the berm to the path that descends to the harbour shoreline.”
The organization is reconfirming the support of contributors who have previously donated towards the $35,000 raised and a new funding campaign is underway.
Beaverton Special Events with the generous support of donors and community fundraising events has already raised $65,000 of the anticipated $150,000 required to build and install this impressive stainless-steel sculpture in the harbour. The design and creative support have been 100% donated by the artist Ron Baird.
Additional community fundraising is critical to bring this gift to life. We invite everyone to be part of the ‘Walk to The Wishing Tower’ fundraising campaign.
Please check our pages for information on becoming involved as a committee member, sculpture sponsor or corporate donor.
Download our Wishing Tower Brochure.
Terry Hall, President