Artist Ruth Abernethy created a tribute portrait in honour of scientist Dr. Charles Eaves, whose research extended the storage life of fruit which allowed for more effective and efficient international shipping. The installation was unveiled at a public event on May 29th 2015.Dr. Eaves methodology was adopted by producers around the world. The tribute piece consists of a bronze figure, bronze apple barrel with logo plus stacked apple cartons. The apple barrels and crates will have inscribed panels telling of the research, of fruit production in Nova Scotia, of Kentville’s Experimental Farm and of Dr. Eaves himself.
Installation is scheduled for Apple Blossom Week in Kentville, Nova Scotia, at the east end park near the entrance to the Kentville Trail. The figure will arrive in Nova Scotia and be in place before the opening of the Apple Blossom Festival. The official unveiling is taking place on May 29th at 3:30 pm. Special Guests including the family of the late Dr. Eaves, artist Ruth Abernethy, and Representatives from the Apple Blossom Festival and the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre will be in attendance for the ceremony. Mayor David L. Corkum will act as Master of Ceremonies, and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Residents of the Valley and visitors to the area are sure to be impressed by the piece, and all are encouraged to visit the site and learn more about “Dr. Apple”.