It’s an exciting time for Stony Plain’s public art scene as it’s getting some well-deserved attention. Some murals will be given facelifts, others will be reinstalled, and Stony Plain will bid farewell to a decaying piece of art while welcoming a brand new sculpture to the community.
Residents may have noticed scaffolding on the Stony Plain Community Centre during the “Strong Arm of the Law” mural rehabilitation. With the help of artist James MacKay, rotted boards were replaced and faded colours given fresh paint. On Grandparent’s Day, the Meridian Foundation unveiled “Comforts Past”, which was also painted by McKay and is the newest in a four mural series. Next up, the temporarily removed “Celebrate Rotary International” mural will be reinstalled in Rotary Park. The long-awaited reinstallation of the “Along the Fifth” mural on Meridian Mall will also take place in the coming weeks.
In June, a piece titled “Aboriginal Pottery Medicine Wheel”, which was created by potter Tracie Mandreck and facilitated by the Parkland Potter’s Guild, was unveiled at Heritage Park. Attendees at the 2016 and 2017 Aboriginal Days contributed small pieces of pottery to complete each quadrant of the piece. A new sculpture, called “Disc Drumming”, was also unveiled in the spring.
A brand new sculpture, “Enduring Connections”, has been purchased for Heritage Park. Artist Paul Reimer, a blacksmith from Cranbrook, B.C., will forge the new 16’ piece, which will be unveiled as part of next year’s Farmers’ Days celebrations.
After 25 years, residents of Stony Plain will say goodbye to the totem pole in Rotary Park. In the early 90’s, the Rotary Club helped pay for the purchase and transportation of the log, which was carved by artist Ron Pederson and donated to the Town. As years went by, the elements and natural decay have pushed the totem pole past possible repair, making its removal necessary to ensure safety of visitors to the park.
“I am pleased it was able to remain with the town for so long,” says Pederson. “The totem is made of a white spruce log and I didn’t expect it to last more than 15 years,” adding that white spruce breaks down faster than other types of wood typically used for totem poles.
“Our public art and outdoor murals are part of the visual dialogue that makes our town unique,” says Mayor William Choy. “Of course it’s difficult to see such a beloved piece of art reach the end of its lifetime, but we take comfort in the fact it was enjoyed by residents of Stony Plain for a quarter of a century. We’re also pleased to see existing pieces of art being updated and new work installed for the next generations of the community to cherish.”
To learn more about the Town of Stony Plain's Public Art and Mural Program, head to www.stonyplain.com/publicart.
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