Halifax waterfront lamp posts

What is the story behind the Halifax boardwalk lampposts?!

While the list of places to love in Halifax is certainly long, the waterfront will always be close to the top. In the summer the boardwalk is busy with tourists and locals, and you can’t help but feel caught up in the excitement and energy. It’s a great place to catch a cool breeze and a snack or drink from many of the quality vendors. In the winter, the waterfront is generally a little less populated, but that doesn’t make it any less of a great space for a stroll with a friend or a pet.

One of the best things about the Halifax waterfront is that there’s always plenty to see. Sailboats, ferries, cargo ships and naval vessels are a regular sight, as are both George’s and McNab’s islands; however, don’t think you have to turn your eyes to the water to see something interesting. From Donna Hiebert’s ‘The Wave’ at Sackville Landing, to ‘The Emigrant,’ celebrating the arrival of new Canadians from around the world, there is a lot to discover.

That includes the drunken lampposts.

The two pieces, entitled ‘Fountain’ and ‘Get Drunk, Fall Down’, the bendy light post sculptures always seem to be popping up on Instagram feeds and social media streams. So what’s the story behind them? Designed by NSCAD alums Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg, the ‘Fountain’ lamppost shoots a stream of water into the harbour, as though it was relieving itself after a big night downtown. Not far away, ‘Get Drunk, Fall Down’ features another lamppost slumped across the pier, with its concerned friend looking down. The two displays are described as “nakedly honest portraits of unseemly behaviours that are often playing out on our own streets after dark.” Installed as a temporary display in 2013, after it appeared at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, the displays made a big impression on the city, and have become a permanent fixture on the Halifax waterfront.

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