The Third Wave
A sculpture by New Brunswick artist Julie Glaspy has a permanent home in Riverview through a community partnership with Sculpture Saint John. Riverview's sculpture will be one of 22 Sculpture Saint John pieces by world-renowned artists located along the southern part of New Brunswick and forming the International Sculpture Trail through to Maine.
Julie Glaspy was an intern for Sculpture Saint John 2014 and selected as a participating artist in the 2016 symposium. See photos of Julie's work and learn more about her on the Sculpture Saint John website.
Photo Gallery: The Third Wave will appear here on the public site.
My approach with the Third Wave and the art itself are interactive.
There are five stones of this piece, representing the five bridges of Gunningsville; three smaller red stones and two larger stones, all granite.
Three red stones set in front of the larger stones are carved them into abstract, fun, wavy forms. Interns and I polished them until soft and shiny. The stones encourage touch and playful interactions, luring passersby to interact with art - with sculpture. The trail draws the audience down a wavy river path where the two large stones stand - these representing the tidal bore coming into the river and flowing down the front of the stone.
Knowing the passing sun would work with shadows I pulled the tidal bore out of the stone, making it curly and alive. It connects with the abstract shape of the river figure, allowing many mystical interpretations. I hope this work will inspire new independent thoughts in children and passersby.
When I received the design input from your citizens, I recognized a great sense of community from both young and old. I wanted to create opportunities for personal interaction with sculpture.
Sculpture is one of few art forms which allows for the intimacy of touch and artistic observation. This concept design encourages both.
The three smaller red stones grow out of the ground as an extension of the Petitcodiac River. Their soft polish invites touch and play. Use them as benches, take time in the space, and allow your imagination to take shape. Take in both the art and the beautiful surroundings of your wonderful town.
Thank you for choosing local Canadian art. And thank you for helping dreams come alive!