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“Inclusive” Sculpture Unveiled in Orangeville

“Inclusive” Sculpture Unveiled in Orangeville

Submitted by Access Orangeville www.orangeville.ca @orangevilleont

Access Orangeville kicked off Accessibility Week 2016 with the unveiling of a unique tree sculpture at the east entrance to the Town of Orangeville, at Broadway and Sherbourne Street. The striking 8.5-foot sculpture depicts five people with different levels of ability reaching up to a globe. Whether the people have artificial limbs, are sight impaired, mobility impaired, or have an unseen challenge, they can all strive for acceptance in the world. [caption id="attachment_980" align="aligncenter" width="500"]An image of the "Inclusive" sculpture in Orangeville with 4 people to the left of the sculpture and 3 people to the right. An image of the sculpture entitled "inclusive" created by Jim and Cam Menken of Mono.[/caption] The sculpture was funded through a prize presented to Access Orangeville in 2015 when it won one of four inaugural David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility awards.

This new sculpture is a striking illustration and strong statement in support of accessibility,” says Councillor Gail Campbell, Chair of Access Orangeville. “The sculpture represents the ability and opportunity to build an accessible and inclusive society. The committee has undertaken many projects over the years to increase accessibility. The sculpture is a tribute to those efforts and encourages the community to build on its successes; to keep striving for inclusion in future.

Created by Jim and Cam Menken of Mono, the white pine sculpture was created over a two-week period and is entitled “Inclusive”. Jim Menken has had a life-long interest in art and started carving trees in 2003. A former teacher, Mr. Menken has made carving his full-time passion and career for the past nine years. His son Cam joined him for this piece as part of a Grade 12 co-operative work placement. He attends school in Fergus at Emmanuel Christian School and plans to continue carving artistic pieces. Orangeville’s Art Walk of Tree Sculptures features the work of 18 different artists and more than 50 sculptures. For more information on Orangeville’s Art Walk of Tree Sculptures please call 519-941-0440 Ext. 2253 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..