John E. Maunder describes St. John’s at the beginning of the nineteenth century as “…a rowdy, dirty and disorganized little fishing village and military garrison of about 5000 souls … a literary and cultural wasteland.”
The organizers are looking for legends and folktales, the type of stories that are passed down through generations, but they are also interested in the type of stories that teenagers tell each other; urban legends, tall tales and ghost stories.
Art on the Edge will give visitors to the Bonavista Peninsula an understanding of the cultural context that surrounds the area’s striking physical landscape while also imbuing the installation sites with new layers of meaning.
“A lot of the fabric of Bonavista has been rejuvenated, a lot of the buildings are being spruced up. It’s for the better, the area seems to have maintained its character and integrity throughout it all.”