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Peter Powning

Inauguration Date:

December 2008


Botsford Street Fire Station, 299 Botsford Street, Moncton

Public Art Policy imageDescription of Art:

The nest, made up of 37 individual bronze branches, is a symbol of where we dwell. The fire department strives to protect our dwellings, and those living within, from harm, making this public art piece a fitting tribute. This sculpture was the inaugural piece of Moncton City Council’s Public Art Policy.


A nest is a recognizable object as well as a comprehensible symbol for where we dwell. The idea is to transform the architectural setting with a simple representation of a natural object bringing a kind of mystery to a place where it would otherwise be lacking. It includes a sense of play where non-linear organic elements (branches) are juxtaposed with linear architectural construction. It allows viewers to perceive nature and the built environment in a different but complimentary context.


Cast bronze

A Word on Artist Peter Powning

Peter Powning, one of Canada’s leading artists, lives and works in the Caledonian Highlands of southern New Brunswick. A ceramist and sculptor, he uses a mix of media to create hauntingly moving works expressive of contemporary concerns. He is a master of creative narrative, engaging his audience with sculptures that are both provocative and serene, elusive and dynamic. His best work displays a mastery of the manipulation of clay, glass, and metals to a degree not often achieved even by those who specialize in one of these individual media. It speaks of “the beauty of the spirit that has been tried and survived”, as he melds shards, fragments, and fractured segments into works of fluid integrity.

His work is represented in galleries both in Canada and the U.S., and has received many awards, both national and international. He has exhibited extensively in solo exhibitions across North America, as well as participating in numerous travelling shows. He has received much public recognition for his accomplishments, in books, magazines, public institutions, honorary memberships, and organizations, and has been influential, nationally and internationally.