The Pride of Canada Carousel is a one of a kind, solar powered fine art merry-go-round that is nationally themed and environmentally friendly, meeting the criteria of both The Remington Group and Downtown Markham.
Talented urban folk artist Patrick Amiot, was chosen to accomplish this challenging task. Canadian-born Amiot, who often works in tandem with his wife Brigitte Laurent, is a master at creating fine art out of found objects.
“The whole purpose of my work is to glorify these objects, because they have their own spirit," says Amiot. "When a hubcap has traveled on a truck for millions of miles, and has seen the prairies in the winter and the hot summer asphalt, when it's done traveling with that truck and finds itself in the scrap yard and I find it, I kind of like to use that. This hubcap, or whatever piece of metal, from the day it was manufactured until now, has an important history. And I like to think the spirit of all these things lived incredible lives. If they could talk to you, they could tell amazing stories. That's something I don't want to hide."
The legendary Daniel Horenberger of Brass Ring Entertainment was chosen to build the carousel structure. Some of his notable carousels include Disneyʼs King Arthur carousel and GEʼs solar powered carousel.
When opened later this year, the carousel will be housed in a beautiful open glass pavilion designed by acclaimed architect Sheldon Levitt of Quadrangle, Architects, Ltd. Levitt's inspired open glass design will allow visitors of all ages to celebrate Canadaʼs changing seasons in a truly delightful fashion.