Hard work and history shape public artwork

By in Arts & Music, Community, Places, Events, & History

Clifford’s main street is now home to a new piece of art by Minto blacksmith/artist Mike Shannon.
The sculpture, installed May 16, is made up of donated hand tools meant to represent the history of the area. These tools aren’t limited to farming implements alone, though. Along with a ploughshare, various axes, files and horseshoes, the sculpture includes hand irons, a frying pan and other indoor tools as well, giving a more inclusive look at the history of hard work that shaped the area community.
Even the structure’s overall shape, that of an arrowhead, is a nod to the tools used by the earliest people in the region. The sculpture’s official unveiling followed the Mayor’s breakfast on May 25.

Blacksmith/artist Mike Shannon (right) and Wesley Bates of the Minto Cultural Roundtable Committee pose in front of a new piece of artwork, created by Shannon and recently installed along the Main Street of Clifford. Megan Raftis photo

Blacksmith/artist Mike Shannon (right) and Wesley Bates of the Minto Cultural Roundtable Committee pose in front of a new piece of artwork, created by Shannon and recently installed along the Main Street of Clifford. Megan Raftis photo