The Lines, 2010

Wood (hemlock, spruce).

Photo Credits: Katrina Jennifer Bedford

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The Lines, a sculpture made from hemlock and spruce posts sourced from the sawmill at the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, was partly envisioned as a poetic analogue to the lumber spilling down the lines in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada: logs floating down the rivers to be corralled by booms in the lakes, lumber milled and shipped out, spilling down rail and roadway.

The gallery in which it was originally shown, Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre, is located in Haliburton Village’s historic railway station – literally at the end of the line, the terminus of the Victoria Railway. It was built in the heyday of the logging industry and was a lifeline for those who chose to build their lives in the Haliburton Highlands. A number of lines meet or met in Haliburton: the railway, rivers and roads have all contributed to the local industry – from bygone lumber days to the present day tourism industry.