A five-foot-tall statue of a tea-sipping mermaid is planned for installation on a natural rock outcrop in the bay between Haynes Park and Queens’ Park along Beach Drive. The Oak Bay Public Art Committee is commissioning this art piece.
While much of the art that permeates Oak Bay parks and walkways has been welcomed, decorating the natural shoreline and intertidal zone is unacceptable.
I like our rocks as nature presents them. So do the herons, seabirds and seals that frequent them. The intertidal zone is an essential ecosystem within this federally designated migratory bird sanctuary. The ever-changing tableau of tides, waves and marine life that we all cherish needs no embellishment.
Hands off please.