This sculpture, located at The Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters in Whitby, was unveiled on Sept. 9, 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Regional Municipality of Durham.
- The east-facing D has a subdivision and children’s park in the foreground depicting the suburban landscapes of Durham.
- The west-facing D has downtown high rises, a city hall and church showing Durham’s urban areas.
- The north-facing D includes ski hills, hikers and forests celebrating Durham’s vast green space.
- The south-facing D depicts the bluffs and the lakeshore with bike paths and water sports.
These back-to-back D’s create the sphere that is the Durham region safely nested in an elegant tree representing strength and renewal for the growing community.
A tree also symbolizes how actions taken at this place, Durham Regional Headquarters, branch out in all directions, encircling and mindful of the entire region.
Learn more about “Four Directions of Durham” in this video, where local artist Geordie Lishman explains the sculpture’s symbolism, his craft and the growing arts scene in Durham.
Photo credit: S. Reinier deSmit