Artist Jared Betts applies his talent and passion to Shediac, NB as the newest guardian of the city’s giant lobster statue.
A self-proclaimed lobster fan, Betts has been working hard to prepare the statue for visitors this summer, with up to 300,000 people expected this year to see the giant crustacean.
His penchant for underwater crustaceans is befitting of a city that’s proclaimed itself the Lobster Capital of the World.
“I always loved lobster growing up and now that I’m able to, I just find it so amazing because I love sea creatures,” Betts told CTV’s Your Morning on Friday. “I’m a bit of a mermaid myself.”
Unveiled in 1990, the concrete statue weighs nearly 90 tons and measures 11 meters in length.
Betts says the old paint needs to be sanded off every summer, after which the statue needs to be re-primed and repainted.
The salt from the sea can severely damage the paint and many areas have to be completely renewed.
During the trial, Betts worked from dawn to dusk, sometimes until 1 or 2am, all with the help of his girlfriend, who he says was vital in providing emotional support.
“Sometimes the birds sing and it’s time to sleep,” he said.
Although his name isn’t on the statue, Betts threw a little bit of himself into the work: some leopard prints, which he uses in his abstract paintings.
Watch the full interview with Jared Betts at the top of the article.
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