Public Sculptures by Don Maynard Studios seen at Cyrville O-Train East / Est, Ottawa - Stand of Birch
Public Sculptures by Don Maynard Studios seen at Cyrville O-Train East / Est, Ottawa - Stand of Birch
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Thirteen slender birch trees lean together. The branches form a canopy creating a nest-like structure.

Stand of Birch makes reference both to Ottawa's early history as a logging town as well as its First Nation People's, the Anishinabe who used birch bark to create their canoes. These canoes carried them along Ottawa's three main rivers, the Rideau, the Gatineau and the Ottawa for hunting , trade and maintaining relationships.
Like these rivers did in the past, Ottawa's new light rail transit system brings people together. The ability for people to connect is essential for any healthy community. Connection nurtures creativity and a sense of place, which develops a shared commitment for the future.

Stand of Birch is made from stainless steel piping. There are over 600 individual pieces in this sculpture, each piece has been fitted into the next to create an exuberant and a natural expression of a young forest's growth.

Meet the Creator

Don Maynard Studios

Don Maynard Studios

Kingston, Canada

"I am Inspired by nature and the alchemy of materials"

I live and work in Kingston, Ontario, my practice includes painting, sculpture and video installations. Previous public art projects include Archive, Fallen Star and Stand of Birch for the City of Ottawa, and Wave for the City of Toronto. I show my work nationally and internationally and I am the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Chalmers Fellowship. My work is represented by Newzones Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, the Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, New York, and Four for Art, Lenox Massetuchetts.

Available for commission/custom work