Prince Edward County’s Macdonald Project, based in Picton, has commissioned one of Canada’s most highly-acclaimed sculptors, Ruth Abernethy, to capture a likeness of Macdonald as he appeared in his debut as a lawyer. (Abernethy has sculpted many iconic statues including ones that memorialize Glenn Gould, Al Waxman and Oscar Peterson.)
Ms. Abernethy has tried to capture Macdonald’s personality - his imperfections and his magnetism – and to reflect its complexity as faithfully as possible.
The sculpture, to be titled “Holding Court,” is in the foundry for final finishing in bronze.
According to David Warrick, chair of the Macdonald Project’s steering committee, the finished work will be closely detailed and inspiring and “may prove to be Ruth Abernethy’s finest sculpture.”
“It marks the beginning of Macdonald’s career and his early commitment to public service,” says Warrick. “Not only did he ‘come of age’ in Picton and begin his career here, but he demonstrated his leadership skills from the moment he arrived.”