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Repurposed chair the focus of Kings Historical Society Canada 150 photo project

Artist Victoria Marston turns an antique wooden chair restored by Bill Zinck into a symbol celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation.
Artist Victoria Marston turns an antique wooden chair restored by Bill Zinck into a symbol celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation.

KENTVILLE, NS - It’s a way for the Kings Historical Society to demonstrate that it “chairishes” our nation’s heritage.

 

With the 150th anniversary confederation being observed in 2017, the Kings Historical Society has launched a project involving an antique chair. The chair, created by a Kings County craftsman around the time of confederation, was going to be thrown out as part of last year’s spring clean up in Gaspereau.

Bill Zinck restored the chair after it was rescued from the side of the road. With the approach of Canada 150 celebrations, Kings County Museum curator Bria Stokesbury asked local artist Victoria Marston to transform the piece into a contemporary symbol to commemorate the nation’s milestone anniversary.

Local photographers are being asked to create a visual celebration of the chair in locations important to them or of historical significance to Nova Scotians.

Stokesbury said members of the historical society felt that this would be a unique and interesting way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and hopefully get people excited about it.

“This little chair can sort of represent what’s exciting about this year’s celebration to different people and everybody experiences being a Canadian differently,” Stokesbury said.

Bill Zinck with the Canada 150 chair after it was rescued and restored and before artist Victoria Marston painted it.

 

Select images are being shared online at www.canada150chair.ca. Some photos will be displayed as part of an evolving Canada 150 exhibit at the museum, which is scheduled to open in May and run throughout the season. Some will be used to create a calendar that will be sold in the fall to raise operating funds for the museum.

Professional and amateur photographers are invited to take part. If you are interested in selecting a location to photograph the chair, contact the Kings County Museum by email at info@kingscountymuseum.ca or by phone at 902-678-6237 to reserve a time to borrow the chair.

Copies of images are to be emailed to curator@kingscountymuseum.ca along with the date the photo was taken and the location.

Stokesbury said the chair was at 14 Wing Greenwood for a month. It was photographed with the Aurora aircraft and taken on various field trips. She said they hope the chair will be taken to communities across the province and beyond.

“It’s focusing on Kings County but hopefully the chair will get to be famous and it will travel,” Stokesbury said.

She hopes to see more photos of people with the chair and pointed out that the Apple Blossom Festival committee has asked to use it over Apple Blossom weekend.

kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca

The Kings Historical Society’s Canada 150 chair is starting to go places.

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