Concept to Creation
The Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna City, BC, Canada
Commissioned by Kelowna City, the project came through the Okanagan Thompson International Sculpture Symposium in 2002
Materials - bronze, Cedar, marble and stainless steel, height 5m. We also worked with Haida Carver Jonathan Yeltatzie on this project. Scroll down to read further details about the commission.
To see the sculpture's installation
Click slide show with music by Lola Perrin.
Designed by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects the Rotary Centre for the Arts is a multi-purpose venue providing a wide array of activities including theatre, visual art, music and festivals.
Our commission is sited to take full advantage of the designated space at the south end of the new atrium. Each Obelisk represents an art form; literature, visual arts and performing arts. Two of the Obelisks also support cast bronze elements, Thinking Head and Acrobat - they represent the central concept of creative thought leading to the creative act.
Two marble podia have three pairs of footprints carved into the upper surface which make reference to the three sculptures made in Kelowna by Zhao Lei, Marion Lea Jamieson and Dawn MacNutt during the symposium.
Phil carved the sides of the obelisks at a waterfront site and was assisted by Haida Carver, Jonathan Yeltatzie who designed his own imagery. We also based themes on the Okanagan Valley.
© Diane Gorvin Philip Bews 2021