Visitors from Pennsylvania felt welcomed by Prince Edward Island during their recent stay.
A call has gone out for artists to create a bronze sculpture of John Hamilton Gray to be placed on Great George Street in Charlottetown.
There were two Fathers of Confederation with the same name of John Hamilton Gray, one from New Brunswick and one from P.E.I. The plan is to have a sculpture of both of them in this one new piece of artwork.
The Charlottetown Area Development Corporation with funding from the P.E.I. 2014 organization and private partner The Great George Inn have jointly issued the call for proposals from artists to create this permant exhibit.
“It is one of the 2014 projects that has received funding, for interpretive panels, but the main element is a statue featuring the two Sir John Hamilton Grays,” said Ron Waite, general manager of CADC.
It will be a similar project to the bronze statue of Sir John A. Macdonald seated on a bench at the corner of Victoria Row, said Waite.
While he does not want to reveal the budget for this project because it might influence the bids, it will be more than $100,000.
He expects it will be placed across the street from St. Dunstan’s Basilica.
The deadline for proposals is the end of August. An advisory group will rate them and it will take about a year to complete the successful design.
“We are looking for an installation in the fall of 2014,” said Waite.
There are no long-term plans for additional busts or statues on the street, said Waite.