Gold Star Town of Shediac, New Brunswick

Lobster and Fisherman

Lobster - Len SuchanLobster - Len Suchan

Designer: Winston Bronnum (Sussex, NB)

Built: 1990

Dimensions: Length: 35 Feet (10.7 Metres)
Width: 16.4 Feet (5 Metres)
Height: 16 Feet (4.9 Metres)
Lobster weight: 50 tonnes
Pedestal weight: 32 tonnes
Fisherman height: 6 Feet (1.8 Metres)

Construction Materials:
Reinforced Concrete and Steel

Rotary Park, Western entrance to the town.

Reason for Building:

Shediac is renown for its lobster. The Shediac Rotary Club decided that they should pay tribute to this crustacean, the mainstay of the town's economy for many years, by erecting a monument to the Town's mascot and logo, as well as a means of promoting the tourism industry.

Additional Information:

The lobster attracts about 500,000 visitors each year. There are stairs on the pedestal to accomodate visitors. The project took three years to complete and its estimated value is $180,000.

The sculpture is dedicated now to the sculptor, Winston Bronnum who died in 1991. There is a plaque at the base of the lobster that reads:
"The World's Largest Lobster"
"Commissioned by the Shediac Rotary Club, the World's Largest Lobster was created and constructed by the late Winston Bronnum (notable animal sculptor) of Penobsquis, New Brunswick. The sculpture, which is made of reinforced concrete and steel, measures 10.7 meters in length and 5 meters in height and took 3 years to complete. This masterpiece weighs 50 metric tons and rests on a 32 metric ton pedestal. Sculpture unveiled June 30th, 1990."

Here are a couple more photos.If you look closely at the first picture, between the first two feet, you can see Winston Bronnum's "signature".
Lobster © 2004 Paul McCloskeyLobster © 2004 Paul McCloskey

Shediac also features a giant rooster:

Winston Bronnum also designed the Maugerville, NB Potato , the St. John, NB Horse , the Penobsquis, NB Broken Down Race Horse , the Cow Bay, NS Moose , and the St. Thomas, ON Jumbo the Elephant .

Information Source: Town of Shediac, New Brunswick and pamphlet "Shediac's Giant Lobster"

Pictures Sources: Len Suchan of Mr. Lens Photography (Saskatoon) and Paul McCloskey


Created By DMY on March 1, 1999
Last Updated: July 23, 2004