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Ben McCarl and Robert Munsch

Tribune photo by Jessica Lovell

Local artist Ben McCarl, left, poses with children’s author Robert Munsch, right, during the unveiling Tuesday of a life-size sculpture of the Paper Bag Princess at Guelph Public Library.

Building a princess

Local artist Ben McCarl made a donation of a life-size sculpture of the Paper Bag Princess to the Guelph Public Library Tuesday, following nearly 10 months of work on the piece – with help from numerous community members – in his home studio.

“When this project started, it involved building a tribute to Robert Munsch. But, as I talked with the people building the princess, I realized we were building memories,” McCarl said in a news release.

The sculpture involved about 157 hours and a total of 60 artists of all ages who were welcomed into McCarl’s studio to help with the project.

Among the contributors was eight-year-old Sofia Ciaravella, the daughter of the real-life Elizabeth who inspired the character in Munsch’s beloved story.

The 1.2-metre princess replica now stands in the second-floor children’s department, but it is hoped that it will one day greet people at the entrance to a new main library.

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