A carved squirrel sitting on top of a stack of books thinking

The Town of Orangeville has unveiled a new tree sculpture as part of its unique collection of public art on display throughout the municipality. 

Located on Elizabeth Street across from the Dufferin County Courthouse, Thinker Squirrel is captured deep in thought atop a collection of hefty books. Here, it appears as though the friendly critter is preparing to make an important decision.  

Here are some quick facts about the sculpture: 

• The sculpture is carved out of black walnut and stands at over seven feet tall.

• Thinker Squirrel was created as a nod to a renowned sculpture – The Thinker by Auguste Rodin. 

• This is the fourth sculpture in Orangeville to be created by artist Robbin Wenzoski. His other works include The Graduate, Mr. Lacrosse, and The Victorian Lady. 

Wenzoski was born in Golden, British Columbia and moved to Malta when he was seven years old. The experience of other cultures and the rich art history of Malta left a permanent impression on him. When he moved back to Canada and settled into uninspiring jobs, he was compelled to try to accomplish something more meaningful and creative. 

In 2003, he created his first sculpture and was hooked. 

“I absolutely love creating meaningful and special pieces from memorials to abstracts,” said Wenzoski. “I strive to create art that moves and makes people think.”

The Town of Orangeville’s tree sculpture collection can be explored using our digital guide at Orangeville.ca/Digital-Guide; simply search for “Thinker” to get started.