June 3, 2021
A new public art piece, “Horse and Cart” by Kingston-based artist Nicholas Crombach, has been installed in Victoria Park in Williamsville. This playful work references an old-fashioned children’s tricycle from the horse and buggy era when Victoria Park was established. Enlarged to life size, the children's toy appears to be transforming from an inanimate object into a trotting horse pulling a cart.
The sculpture – which measures 15 ft in length and 7.5 ft in height – aims to bring local history to life and to engage the imagination of park users. Shaped through research into Williamsville’s history, “Horse and Cart” also mirrors the history of Victoria Park itself that was once a plot of farmland, which was granted to the City of Kingston for the purpose of developing a park for recreational enjoyment and leisure activities.
This project is the City’s first large-scale permanent public art installation in over forty years, and involved local residents throughout the design and selection process.
Due to COVID-19, a formal unveiling event with the artist and the public will be held at a date to be announced later this summer.
About the Artist
Nicholas Crombach is a Kingston based artist who has exhibited in Ontario, Quebec and across North America and Europe. Crombach’s sculptural work engages subject matter derived from styles and motifs attributed to the fine and decorative arts and traditional crafts of past eras. Crombach creates contemporary confrontations by disrupting these historical references through the addition of playful and unexpected materials, details, and gestures. www.nicholascrombach.com
About the City’s Public Art Program
The City’s Public Art Program supports creation of contemporary public art by emerging and established artists through commissions and artist collaborations. The program produces art for public spaces throughout the city, contributes to developing a vibrant public realm in Kingston, and enhances a sense of community across the city, in the downtown, suburban, rural, and natural areas. Through the program, the City is committed to working with artists, residents and the public and private sectors in the ongoing development and implementation of public art projects to establish Kingston as a hub of creative placemaking that recognizes and builds on the City's diverse history, engages its community and inspires its future leaders.
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