Nicholas Crombach Installs 'Wind Vane' at Florence Carlyle Park - Woodstock's First Public Art Commission

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Wind Vane
aluminum, steel
20' x 3' x 18'

Location: Florence Carlyle Park, Woodstock Ontario
Commissioned by the City of Woodstock

Nicholas Crombach has created an 18-foot-tall aluminum sculpture of a figure of a youth holding a weathervane, sitting on a steel arch. Crombach was awarded the commission following a provincial-wide call to artists. This marks the city's first public art commission.

“My intent for the Bruce Flowers Sculpture Garden commission is to connect park visitors with local history and heritage through the familiar image of the weathervane and encourage people to reflect on our past, present and future relationship to technology and the environment,” said Crombach. 

The project recognizes the contributions of the late Bruce Flowers, an artist and educator who left a portion of his estate to the Woodstock Art Gallery for the purpose of establishing an outdoor sculpture garden.


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by Nicholas Crombach


Born in Toronto (1989) Crombach is a graduate of OCAD’s Sculpture and Installation program. He has received many grants and awards including the Abraham and Malka Green award, a BMO 1st Art Nomination as well as grants from Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council.

He was the 2016-17 artist in residence at The Florence Trust in London, UK and in 2022 at the Studios at MASS MoCA in the US. Crombach has completed many public art commissions and has exhibited widely in Canada, Spain, and England. His work is held in private, corporate and public collections including the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern in Barcelona and First Capital Realty in Toronto. 

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