The Greeter

The Greeter 

Artist:

Cecil D. Long

Location:

This work is located in the Greater Moncton International Airport, in the main entrance.

Description of Artwork:

The Greeter is an abstract sculpture of a person lying on their side with one hand on their hip and one supporting their head. The recognisable features on the figure are small dots for eyes, parallel stripes on the stomach, and a piece of fabric draping over its hip.

Symbolism:

The Greeter is meant to be a figure that greets people from around the world as they arrive here. It lets people know that we are a friendly tri-community. He is not supposed to be an imposing figure; he is supposed to make people smile and understand that the communities welcome all those who pass through. The figure has a sense of ambiguity about him, which is intended to provoke thought. His sensual form consists of curvilinear forms that contrast with its geometrical forms and engages the viewer in a visceral sense.

A Word on Artist Cecil D. Long

Although born and raised in Moncton, Cecil D. Long has traveled the world as a couture buyer and an artist. Returning to Moncton in the early 1980s, he opened up his first boutique on Main Street.

Today, Cecil D’s 134 has evolved thanks to Cecil’s passion and discovery of fine art. For the last 18 years he has been studying and creating unique artworks including both sculpture and painted pieces.

Combining fine art and clothing may not be the most common way for an artist to exhibit, but Cecil has successfully married both. He is presently in the process of sculpting a tree outside his store that will pay homage to our community.

Although Cecil’s work can be found in collectors’ homes worldwide, they can also be found locally at car dealerships, downtown restaurants and at The Greater Moncton International Airport, which showcases two one-cubic ton sculptures.

Cecil says that out of all the places he’s lived and visited, he will always consider the Atlantic region home, thanks to its great sense of community and the beauty of its people.

(Source: www.cecild.com)

 

The Greeter Statue