Local Dove Trail statue designed and created by Liberty High School graduate.
The Town of Liberty is proud to be participating in the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association’s (SCVA) Dove Trail, and excited to unveil its Dove installation on Friday, June 7. The community is invited to attend the unveiling, which will commence at 10:00 a.m. at the entrance to the Parksville Rail Trail, located at Short Avenue and Main Street in Parksville. The event will be rain or shine.
The SCVA Dove Trail includes 50 five-foot tall doves placed throughout Sullivan County in its downtowns, at area attractions and local businesses. Each fiberglass sculpture has been designed and painted by local artists who drew inspiration from the works of Peter Max, an artist whose works helped define the psychedelic art of the 1960s.
The design for the Town of Liberty’s Dove was created by artist Lindsey Jardine. Lindsey attended Liberty High School and has studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and art education and teaching at SUNY New Paltz. For her Dove, Lindsey worked in a 1960s color palette to create a design to represent Liberty according to the SCVA Dove Trail suggestion that each design be “indicative of [each] community’s character creating a narrative that is uniquely Sullivan Catskills.”
The SCVA Dove Trail was conceptualized and created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair, August 15-18, 1969. The historic “Aquarian Exposition” took place on Max Yasgur’s farm, a 600-acre parcel of land near White Lake, which is adjacent to the current location of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY.
“We can’t wait to share the Liberty dove with our neighbors in community and across the county,” said Town Supervisor Brian P. Rourke. “The Dove Trail is a creative way to commemorate the local roots of a meaningful piece of our national history, and it will encourage people – locals and tourists alike – to explore and enjoy our beautiful Catskills even more than they do already.”
The SCVA partnered with Sullivan Renaissance and Sullivan County Government on the project, and also received a promotional grant from Market New York.