Just back from the entrance to Bidgood Park stands a 6'2" bronze sculpture of a man swinging a scythe through a field of hay. "The Mower" was created by renowed local artist Gerald Squires using a 'lost-wax' method. Formed with about a half-tonne of clay, the large and detailed piece was a year long labour for Squires. The artist located an old wooden scythe, which was cast in wax and bronze as well. Photos taken during this process can be viewed below.
Squires other works include dramatic landscapes in acrylic and oil, stained glass, and sculptures like the 6' high statue of Shawanadithit, which stands in the Boyd's Cove Interpretation Centre. See more of his works here or visit the Emma Butler Gallery in St. John's.
Gerald Squires created "The Mower" using "The Lost Wax Method"
Preliminary sketches for proposed Mower sculpture
The Mower Sculpture by Gerald Squires
Working on the Maquette (scaled-model) for "The Mower"
Gerald Squires with the Armature
Molding the clay
Pants and suspenders used to create authentic look
Keeping the clay form upright
Cast in plaster
Upper portion of the sculpture
Separated pieces of the Sculpture
Cast in bronze
Luben Boykov (left) and Gerald Squires (right) adding the finishing touches
Unveiling the Sculpture at the Bidgood Park ribbon-cutting ceremony
The sculpture in a side profile
The sculpture with plaque
The plaque with Leo Tolstoy quote (from Anna Karenina)
Leonard Ruby recalls the life The Mower represents
The Mower captures the essence of Goulds farming heritage. Squires designed the figure to appear in motion; never idle and actively involved with the surrounding landscape. The Goulds community was formed, at its core, through these basic tangible relationships with nature. For most of the community's history, farmers here worked the earth with hard, routine manual labour. What they reaped and built was their own. And so this park commemorates that effort and remains for everyone to enjoy as their own.
Elaine Bidgood on "The Mower" sculpture
A sculpture that's in motion is not the norm...It's quite unique.