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Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Exhibition


The Owl and the Pussycat

George Pratt

The Owl and The Pussycat

This sculpture was created using salt and pepper granite. With a total weight of approximatley 1800lbs, this sculpture was created in British Columbia and transported across Canada to be exhibited in downtown Haliburton. George Pratt was inspried to carve this sculpture based on the poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" written by Edward Lear in 1871. George recited the poem when he was 10 years old and has never forgotten it. In this sculpture you will see many of the important elements of the poem. Can you spot the pea green boat, the honey jar, money and a small guitar? At the base of the sculpture you will see a plaque displaying the poem.

George Pratt

George Pratt is a professional stone sculptor who was initially introduced to the stone-carving arts by E.B. Cox in 1970. His works are carved in granite, marble, jade and other exotic ornamental stones of Canada. Having produced 25 annual shows beginning in 1972, his work is widely collected in North America by private individuals and corporations. Large works commissioned for public display include the Terry Fox Memorial, Coquitlam, B.C.; the Sedna Sculpture, Toronto. Ontario; The Builders, Calgary, Alberta; the Alaskan Veteran's Memorial; 'The Sundial', Sechelt, B.C. ‘Salmon River’ and ‘Rejuvenation’ sculptures in granite in Burnaby, British Columbia; and ‘The Emperor’s Sunrise’ a sculpture in jade shown at the British Columbia Canada Pavilion, 2008 Beijing Olympics. George has sculpted many presentation works for foreign dignitaries, notably HRH Prince Philip; the Honourable Mary Robinson, President, Republic of Ireland; the Honourable Kim Young Sam, President of the Republic of Korea; the Honourable Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines; President Boris Yeltsin, Russia and President William Clinton of the United States. He also has extensive teaching experience. George grew up in Haliburton and graduated from the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School.

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