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June 10, 2021
A Kingston artist put up a temporary sculpture next to the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in City Park to push for Indigenous art to take a place next to the monument.
“I would like to see an Indigenous artist-designed piece to be installed in front of Sir John A. And the whole idea of that is to express their emotions and what all this means to them and get it into a piece of artwork,” said Pat Shea, standing next to his piece Tuesday.
Shea only had the piece up, something he referred to as “guerilla art,” next to the monument for a couple of hours before he took it away himself. He said a city staff member happened upon him when he was setting up, and told him to take it down. But, Shea said the piece was always meant to be temporary.