The Canoes pays tribute to Virginia Beach's past

Donald Lipski's newest work of Public Art was installed last month in Virginia Beach. The Canoes is located at the pedestrian overlook on the new Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach. It is a freestanding sculpture consisting of a stainless steel catenary arch supporting 10 canoes arranged in a star pattern, with a delicate filigree of cut out patterns.

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Lipski came up with the canoe design after learning that Adam Keeling, who owned a plantation nearby in the 1600s, and a group of others, dug a trench wide enough for a canoe to cross a sandbar between the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay. A storm with high tides widened the ditch that became the Lynnhaven Inlet.

Click here to read the full article The Virginia-Pilot published about The Canoes. Click here to view more images of this project.