The Giant Lobster sculpture is nestled in Rotary Park situated in THE LOBSTER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, Shediac, New Brunswick.
As Shediac is world renowned for its lobster fishing, processing plants, live-lobster tanks, and famous Lobster Festival, in 1989 the Shediac Rotary Club decided to create a monument that would promote one of the area's main resource.
An artist was consulted to evaluate the possibility of creating a sculpture that would depict a lobster. After drawing various designs which reflected the precise real-life measurements of a typical lobster, the artist then proceeded to erect a paper mache replica of the monument. The same process was used to create the fisherman, proportionate to a human being measuring 6 feet Mr. Winston Bronnum, originally
from Penobsquis, N.B. was a very conscious artist. It was mandatory for him to reproduce this wonderful shellfish without modifying a single thing.
The Giant Lobster measures 11 metres (35 ft) in length, 5 metres (16 ft) in width and stands at 5 metres (16 ft) in height. Why is this THE WORLD'S LARGEST LOBSTER? Because it weighs approximately 90 tonnes (55 tonnes for the lobster and 35 tonnes for its pedestal).
The giant lobster is located In Rotary Park where it figures as a focal point at the town's entrance. Knowing this masterpiece would attract a large number of people (300,000 annually), stairs on the pedestal were specially designed to accommodate visitors.
In tribute to the artist, Winston Bronnum, who passed away in 1991, this wonderful sculpture is dedicated to his memory.
Opening hours from June 25 to September 18:
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday to Monday - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed on Mondays starting August 22
This house, built in 1825, was once called the Villa of Roses. The Pascal Poirier House is the oldest home in Shediac. The restored ancestral home of Senator Pascal Poirier allows visitors to glimpse into the past and get a feeling of how a middle class family lived at the beginning of the 19th century.
Senator Pascal Poirier (1852-1933), the first Acadian politician appointed to the Senate
In 1972, Pascal Poirier at the young age of 20 years old, is appointed Postmaster of the House of Commons by Sir John A. MacDonald. Pascal Poirier was a historian, a businessman, an attorney, a politician and a Man of Letters. He was knighted "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur de la République française". He was one of the founders of La Société nationale l'Assomption, which today is recognized as La Société nationale des Acadiens. Pascal Poirier was appointed to the Senate at the age of 33 and was hailed as the defender of the Acadian cause.
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