Form

Rise Again

Much like a vessel breaching the waves, to ‘Rise Again’ is a consistent motif in our culture. A determined nature persists here. Like Nova Scotia today, Rise Again represents our resilient nature. It symbolizes the rising through generations, a continuing on through our families and connections here.

Rise Again evokes the same feelings as the words of famed Atlantic Canadians the Rankins, and Stan Rogers. It is a prevalent theme in the music, art and literature that define us. Rise Again is a sacred space within the Queen’s Marque district, intended for reflection and aspiration. Rising out of the water, the form is proud and hopeful, as is our City.

Rise Again is a public space to climb atop and look out over the harbour. It is a ritualistic climb up in homage to past generations that worked hard, and struggled at times, to forge this place. With the daily hustle, the impact of the sea on our lives can be overlooked. Climbing Rise Again to feel immersed and surrounded by salt water will cause one to pause and perhaps appreciate our sea side home.

Harbour Light

Harbour Light

A yet to-be-named and created art piece, which is inspired by Nova Scotian heritage and culture, the harbour art installation will be the dominant feature at the end of Rise Again. It will provide an interactive sensory experience that will feel familiar to those shaped by this place. The vision for this public art piece is a tactile and immersive experience, to allow for anyone to feel Nova Scotia. The art will allow visitors to step inside of the installation for a powerful, meaningful and surrounding connection as it glows amidst the waterfront. Perhaps this piece will change as Nova Scotia changes, through seasons or significant events.

Red Right Returning

Red Right Returning

Being shaped by this place does not just extend to the form of Queen’s Marque. Symbols of our daily experience will be incorporated, fostering a sense of familiarity. In sailing culture, “Red Right Returning” is the call for returning home. The water is of such significance to Nova Scotians that this phrase is a subconscious code for returning. This common language will be instilled within Queen’s Marque, perhaps embedded into the lighting, design or colouration, creating an unconscious connection to our shared knowledge.

Marine Marks

Marine Marks

The water formed much of our culture and shared experience. As part of our almost daily experience we encounter marine marks. Maybe this is in the Plimsoll line of a ship’s hull, waterlines on boats or cargo level symbols etched on the side of a vessel. These recognizable signs are engrained into the fabric of Queen’s Marque. Interpreted into the copper and etched into the naval forms, marine marks will be a subtle layer furthering the connection to Atlantic Canada.

Between the Hulls

Between the Hulls

The sweep of the hull lines and expansive forms of Queen’s Marque speaks to the powerful yet graceful ship form. The juxtaposition of raw metal and beautiful curves. The sensation of walking through immense structures that feel elegant and flow effortlessly has been subconsciously imprinted on Nova Scotians. Located in two to three sections on Lower Water Street at the pedestrian level to provide porosity – “Between the Hulls” captures a familiar and somehow profound experience of passing between two ships.

Queen’s Landing / Queen's Court

Queen’s Landing / Queen's Court

A reimagining of the original slipway, Queen’s Landing’s granite steps gradually fall into the sea, like the bow of a ship rises and falls. Allowing for visitors to experience the natural inclination to get close to the water, of ingrained importance in our lives.

Queen’s Landing is an homage to the historical significance of the Queen’s Landing of the past, the steps feel as if you are falling back in time. It is the ship lost to the ocean, or to a time that we remember while looking to the future.

Embedded Art

Embedded Art

Art is an integral part of the district design. The art created for Queen’s Marque will be inspired by the place-specific stories of the region. National and international caliber local artists will be commissioned to interpret our stories and visually depict our shared understanding.

The art of Queen’s Marque will allow visionaries to contribute their representation of our community to the district, to enhance the public experience.