Artists invited  to submit designs for lighthouses

Chris Gregory
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Alex Maine shows off the lighthouses on display in The Confederation Court Mall as a part of the Lighthouse 2016 project. The project is accepting design submissions until March 4.

If Island artists are looking for a unique canvas on which to create something special, now is their chance.

The Lighthouse 2016 Project is looking for artists to put their designs on 16 pre-built lighthouses, each standing just over five feet tall.

“Without the artists, this is nothing,” said Alex Maine, the director of the project.

“There are definitely some unusual and creative ideas out there.”

This is the second time Maine has organized a lighthouse design project. In 2014, 17 lighthouses were decorated and placed around the city of Summerside for the summer before being auctioned off in September of that year.

Maine said he never had any intentions of doing it again.

But then people kept asking for them, so he is delivering. This time he is partnering with the Confederation Court Mall for the project.

“We saw an opportunity to work with local people and we took it,” he said.

Sixteen winners will be chosen on May 28, and the re-vamped lighthouses will go on display throughout the mall starting in June, with the online auction later on in July.

“Not only will the locals get to see them, but the tourists as well. If you haven’t seen one, you’re definitely missing out,” he said.

Gerald Caseley from Summerside built the 16 lighthouses from scratch. Each lighthouse has more than 120 pieces so Caseley put in 12-hour days to get them done by the mid-February deadline.

"It was such a mass production. I kind of got married to the process and to be honest, I felt lost when I was done.”

The deadline for design submissions is March 4.

“There are some really unique ideas out there that I can’t wait to see.”

Organizations: The Lighthouse, Confederation Court Mall

Geographic location: Maine, Summerside

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