It started with an introduction by Kitty Pope discussing the importance of Robert Munsch to our community and how this sculpture project started. I told the story of how the sculpture was built which was actually a five minute summary of my many blog posts with focus on personal experiences. Then came the big moment. I carefully unwrapped the sculpture and stepped back proudly. Everyone clapped. I beamed. Jennifer Mackie, Chair of the Library Board thanked me and the many people who helped with the sculpture.
The many participants took turns posing with the Paper Bag Princess sculpture for pictures, photographing their own special memories. Some are shown below but many more were captured.
This project was such a pleasure that I look forward to having the volunteer artists work with me again on future projects.
Closing quote: "When this project started, it involved building a tribute to Robert Munsch. But, as I talked with the people building the princess, I realized we were building memories. When I saw the sparkle in their eyes as they smoothed the clay with their fingertips I realized we were also inspiring young artists. Listening to the chatter of strangers as they worked together I discovered that we were also building community. Building the Paper Bag Princess was much more than building a sculpture, it was about building pride, memories, artists, and strengthening our community.”