Barbara DeLory

Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Barbara DeLory is married to Cullen and has raised four children. She received her MLS from Dalhousie University in 1985 and was employed as a librarian at Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources for ten years, retiring in 1998.

Halifax is a walking city. So much is accessible on foot: our parks, our city sidewalks are filled with interesting pieces of public art. But there seemed to be little documentation of this art, apart from Lou Collins’ wonderful stories that he gave us in his newspapers articles. He became the lamp lighter.


With proper research she thought maybe she could write a book about public art. After many years of interviewing, searching, questioning, and taking advice from “the keepers” of the institutions that house all this literature the quest was accomplished. Three Centuries of Public Art: Halifax Regional Municipality came into fruition.

She dreams of residences in Paris or Venice but is happy to have lived her entire life in Halifax.


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