Castlegar Sculpturewalk – People’s Choice

Vancouver Island Artist will have ongoing Castlegar connection

Pictured from left

A number of artists were saluted Saturday night at Element Club, Bar and Grill in Castlegar before a performance by acclaimed talk-rocker Shane Koyzcan.

The occasion was the annual awards gala for the increasingly popular Castlegar Sculpturewalk.

A selection of 50 works were featured in this year’s event. Picking up the coveted People’s Choice Award was Douglas Walker of Black Creek on Vancouver Island, for his work entitled “Honkfest” which has been on display in front of Castlegar City Hall.

The artist spoke gratefully of the ongoing program following his win, stressing how much he and the other artists appreciate their reception by walk organizers.

“They treat us like gold when we get here,” he said. “They cover some expenses for us, put us up in hotels if we need it.

“I especially want to thank my business partner and wife, who isn’t here tonight. Behind every semi-successful artist there’s a somebody with a really good job.”

Following the ceremonies Walker was asked about the creation of the winning work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I got the idea in Edmonds, Washington, I think about three or four years ago. I met a guy and he said, ‘Have you got any baritone horns?’ I said I’ve got a whole stack of them. He said, ‘What could you do?’

“I got the idea of five baritones pouring water out. They were all stacked up in a spiral. He never did order that fountain but I pursued the idea anyway, and five seemed too big so it ended up with three baritones topped with saxes. I built the fountain originally for a show on Granville Island in Vancouver, so three or four hundred thousand people saw the sculpture before it got here. And when they decided to do a fountain for this year’s Sculpturewalk, I thought, ‘This is the one.'” (This version of Honkfest has been modified somewhat from the example that appeared at Granville Island.) Many others have obviously felt the same, hence the major award, $3,000 cash prize and the sale to the City of Castlegar where the work will remain in perpetuity.

Walker feels pretty good about his ongoing connection with Castlegar that has been created.

“It’s truly amazing that a community can put this together,” he concluded, “because it’s nowhere else in Canada. There are very few places where you can do something like this, in North America, let alone Canada. I’m very proud to have this piece here.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Trail police release image of liquor store robber

The video surveillance image shows the robber aiming a black gun at the store’s clerk

Columbia Avenue paving scheduled for weekend

Paving on Castlegar’s main thoroughfare will take place in a few days, weather permitting.

Castlegar daycare selected for univeral child care pilot program

MLA Katrine Conroy presents letter of acceptance to the program to the Children’s Centre at Selkirk College

Kootenay region posts 10-per-cent return rate on electoral reform ballots

As of Nov. 13, only 5.3 per cent of ballots had been returned province-wide

Castlegar Remembers

Hundreds gathered at Kinsmen Park on Sunday to mark the Centenary of the end of WW1

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read