When I think of the town of Grand Bay-Westfield, I see a cozy community built on a hill overlooking the beautiful St. John River. I’ve had the pleasure of travelling up the St. John River by boat many times. Seeing the town from the water, with houses emerging from the hillside was my inspiration for the sculpture. I like to think of my sculpture with its groups of houses as representing family, community, safety, warmth and willingness to help our friends and neighbours in times of need. I thought it fitting to create the sculpture using two separate stones to represent the 1998 amalgamation of the towns of Grand Bay and Westfield.
James Boyd is from Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada. Born in Saint John in 1963, he has a BFA with a Major in Sculpture from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada, and a BEd from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada. James has been involved in several international sculpture symposia, including the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium in 2011, Sculpture Saint John in 2012, 2014 & 2016, and Istanbul, Turkey, in 2013.