229 Main St, Shediac, E4P 2A5
Unveiled on June 30, 1990, this impressive sculpture, made of reinforced concrete, is no doubt Shediac’s most emblematic monument. The sculpture measures 10.7 metres in length, five metres in height, and weighs 90 tonnes. It was created and constructed by New Brunswick sculptor Winston Bronnum (1929-1991), known for his large, full-scale animal sculptures. As impressive as the Giant Lobster’s size is, it also reflects the crustacean’s real-life anatomy. The statue was commissioned by the Shediac Rotary Club, whose members were the project’s initiators and masterminds.
The Giant Lobster is, beyond a doubt, one of the Maritimes’ most photographed tourist attractions. It also speaks to Shediac’s long history in the fishing industry, earning the town the title of Lobster Capital of the World around the middle of the 20th century. The sight of this impressive monument lends credence to the title.