The official opening of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest took place in the fall of 2001 with the installation of three sculptures in Glebe Park.
Over the years a remarkable outdoor gallery has been created with sculptures nestled along the trails. The collection now includes thirty-four sculptures and six one-of-a-kind benches, by Canadian and International artists.
The Haliburton Sculpture Forest began as a project of the Arts Committee of the Haliburton County Development Corporation which was focused on local economic development through the arts. The objective was to create a destination for residents, visitors and tourists which highlighted the visual arts in Haliburton County.
In 2004, a new campus for Fleming College, Haliburton School of Art + Design was created in Glebe Park. The Sculpture Forest surrounds the College and serves as a teaching site for many of the programs in addition to being a great place for local residents and visitors to go for a walk and enjoy the sculptures in different seasons.
Today, the Sculpture Forest is an ongoing initiative of Haliburton Sculpture Forest et al, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to increase understanding and appreciation of the arts through the development of public art and the engagement of artists with the community.
Partners include Fleming College, Haliburton Campus, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Municipality of Dysart et al, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trails Association, Glebe Park Committee, and community volunteers.
Culture in Haliburton
Our Board of Directors
Barb Bolin - Chair
Shelley Schell - Vice Chair
Raymond Oster - Secretary/Treasurer
The following sculptures were gifts to the Haliburton Sculpture Forest. Our thanks for the generous support of Celebration Contributors:
The Homesteaders – gift from the artist, Jake Mol-
Current – gift from friends and family in loving memory of Sabrina Ford
Terminus – gift from Dr. Marion Hare and Dr. William Hare
To Cut or Not to Cut – gift from the artist, John Beachli
Shelter Shift – This installation was a gift from the artist, Phillip Vander Weg with support from Minden Home Hardware, Haliburton TIMBR-Mart and community -volunteers
Kennisis: Horse and Rider - Janis Parker, on permanent loan from Fleming College (named after a champion horse of the Finn/Vasey stable)
Shadow Caster - Barb Bolin, on permanent loan from Fleming College
Fire and Ice: A Really Big Shoe - individual donors in honour of Barb Bolin's 35 years of service to Fleming College
Gelert - Diana Ferguson in loving memory of Al Ferguson (with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation).
A Conspiracy of Ravens - Noreen Blake
Spirit of the Wild - Carole Finn in honour of Don Finn
Atmo-Sphere - Chere and Scott Campbell
Musical Inspiration - John and Thea Patterson
Together we explore the wild... - The Hagerman family in loving memory of loving memory of Shawn Hagerman
Flying Debris - Nancy Jackson and terry Anderson
Carved on the Canadian Shield - Carol Moffatt and Tony Aymong, Estate of Bob Blake, Barb Bolin, Rotary Club of Haliburton, Ontario 150, Anonymous Donor
Mother Earth and Mother Earth's Living Room - Wendy Wilkins
Lissome #5 - In celebration of the community spirit & generosity of Noreen & Bob Blake
Matriarchy - Sue Black and Chris Ralphs
Together We Achieve the Extraordinary - Sue Black and Chris Ralphs
I see a wish - Deb Shackell and donors to the “I See a Wish” campaign
The Haliburton Sculpture Forest welcomes any inquiry about being a Celebration Contributor for the commissioning and installation of new sculptures.
Funders and Partners
The Haliburton Sculpture Forest has been made possible through the support of government funding, corporate sponsorship, individual donors, community partners and land use agreements with Fleming College and the Municipality of Dysart et al.
A special thanks to our funders, sponsors, partners and donors for 2020.
Haliburton County Development Corporation, Government of Canada's Young Canada Works program,
Wendy Wilkins, Jenny Rieger, Barb Bolin, Deb Shackell and the "I See a Wish" campaign, Jim Blake, Sue Black and Chris Ralphs, anonymous donor.
Partners include Fleming College - Haliburton Campus, the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Municipality of Dysart et al, Haliburton Highlands Museum, Innisdale Secondary School Integrated Arts Program, Haliburton Highlands Nordic Trail Association, Glebe Park and Museum Committee, and community volunteers.