Wednesday 11 May 2016

The World's Largest Lobster, Shediac, NB

I had some meetings this morning in Shediac.

I discovered this week that Shediac is known at the "Lobster Capital of the World".  It hosts an annual festival every July which promotes its ties to lobster fishing.  This year celebrating the 67th anniversary of the Lobster Festival, the greater Shediac Chamber of Commerce will attempt to break their world record by preparing a lobster roll reaching over 85 feet 6 inches long.

At the western entrance to Shediac is a 90-tonne sculpture called "The World's Largest Lobster".  After my meetings, I had to stop in and see for myself!

Shediac is recognized the world over as "The Lobster Capital of the World" for its lobster fishing industry. For that reason, in 1989 the Shediac Rotary Club thought it fitting to erect a monument in tribute of the delectable crustacean and promote its role in the development of our community. 

The late Winston Bronnum from Penobquis, New Brunswick, was commissioned to create this magnificent showpiece. 

The monument stands at 11 m (35 ft.) in length, 5 m (16 ft.) in width and 5 m (16 ft.) in height. Why is it called the World's Largest Lobster? Because the sculpture weighs around 90 tonnes; the lobster alone weighs 55 tonnes while the pedestal weighs around 35 tonnes. A staircase was erected on the pedestal to allow visitors to climb up on the monument to have their pictures taken.

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