Photograph by Bob Brink
Al Pittman Memorial
by Gerald Squires
West Street Business District, Corner Brook
106 West St., Corner Brook, NL A2H 2Y6
One of Newfoundland's most celebrated authors, the late Al Pittman, is remembered on a bronze memorial plaque designed by his long-time friend, visual artist Gerald Squires, to pay tribute to Pittman’s literary legacy. The plaque is installed on an eight-foot-tall boulder and is located in a small park in the city centre, a place where Pittman frequented.
At the unveiling of the memorial, Squires told CBC, "I did Al the way I wanted to do him...I designed the whole thing, I chose the poetry, poetry that meant something to me personally." The commemorative plaque also contains a relief profile of Pittman. Public art can stimulate learning, and Squires hoped that people might learn something about Pittman and his work when they visit the memorial.
Gerald Squires was born in Change Islands, NL in 1937. A painter, sculptor, printmaker, art activist and teacher, much of Squires' large body of work finds its inspiration in the landscape and culture of Newfoundland. Among many other honours, Squires became a member of the Order of Canada in 1999.