Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC), in partnership with FUSION Halifax and with the assistance of EcoGreen Homes, has restored the site of the old benches on Barrington Street, across from Grand Parade, and installed new benches with an interactive art installation by NSCAD University student Catherine Laroche.
“It was truly a collaborative community project – everything from design, materials, labour, and art,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “DHBC and FUSION worked closely with project contractor EcoGreen Homes on the detailed design, permitting and construction; Catherine LaRoche from NSCAD; and Cherubini Metal Works, who donated labour and fabrication of the 3D mosaic. The group of organizations wanted to improve on what was there before but also wanted to create a safe, inviting, and fun area for the public to use and enjoy.”
In 2013, the public voted to rejuvenate the site as part of the District 7 Council discretionary funding forum. The public voted to give the project $20,000 while Downtown Halifax Business Commission matched the contribution with an additional $20,000. A design charrette was hosted with 40 participants to establish some principles. An on-site engagement during Nocturne 2013 generated an additional 1,200 ideas.
The following groups and individuals made significant contributions in bringing the project to reality: Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, Councillor Waye Mason on behalf of the residents of District 7, Halifax South Downtown, AZZ Galvanizing, Cherubini Metal Works, Co*Lab, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, EcoGreen Homes, FUSION Halifax/Concept Design Team, Lange’s Rock Farm, NSCAD University, The Hub Halifax, Ekistics Planning & Design, T4G, and Waterfront Development.
For more information on Barrington Benches, visit www.barringtonpost.ca/benches-project.