The Pipe Man of Huntsville

If you live in Huntsville or are a regular visitor to Muskoka you may have heard about the new and somewhat controversial art installation in town. The “Pipe Man” was donated to the town of Huntsville by Jan Nyquist, owner of Pipefusion and NyDock, in honour of his company’s 35th anniversary.

The 18’ tall monument depicts an image of Tom Thomson on one side and 35 ripples forming a stylized version of the Pipefusion logo on the other symbolizing 35 years in business. It is made from high-density polyethylene pipe, a material which should last hundreds of years. The original concept was a collaboration between Pipefusion staff and local artist Beverley Hawksley. It also lights up at night.

Objections to it online were many and it became controversial pretty immediately. In fact I can’t recall seeing one positive response to this art installation online or in person since it was installed.  In a brief ceremony on Wednesday to officially recognize and introduce the “Pipeman” , Mayor Scott Aitchison responded to the controversy by making comparisons to the work of  the Group of Seven painters and how they were heavily criticized.

What do you think? Have you seen the installation in person yet? Here are some images from the ceremony on Wednesday and of the new “Pipe Man” of Huntsville. Leave a comment below to share your opinion.

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Mayor Scott Aitchison

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Jan Nyquist, President and Founder of Pipefusion Services Inc

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2 Comments

  1. long time resident
    November 12, 2016 - Reply

    Muskoka is world famous for landscape art. You can see it everywhere and rightly so. Everyone has bought into our heritage of The Group of Seven and the many like-minded artists they have inspired.

    To put, what in my opinion looks like a piece that fell off a skyscraper, in the middle of the busy waterway seems ludicrous, dangerous, disrespectful and downright bizarre.

    References to the monolith of 2001, glow in the dark dildo’s and “what the hell is that thing?!” make us look … stupid.

    Art doesn’t come with a logo literally attached to it.

    It all stinks of payback, favouritism and extremely poor judgement.

    Please put it in the front yard of the company that “donated” it, where it belongs

  2. November 16, 2016 - Reply

    I think what I find more offensive about this is not the art or the location of it but the fact that the Town has openly endorsed a company that treats women so terribly.

    Just checkout their youtube channel, its really disgusting. One reality TV show video stars, what looks to us like, a couple of sexual predators preying on the girls of our Town…. Ewww

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AlHtvZxXYU

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