The City of Fernie Public Art Evaluation Committee is hosting an engagement session on Friday, December 22 to give the community an opportunity to comment on a public art piece proposed for the Station Square Redevelopment.
The artists of the short-listed piece will be available at the Art Station from 5-6pm, prior to the event Caroling by Candlelight, to explain the piece and any answer questions. The architect of the Station Square redesign will also be on hand with her model of the square for anyone wishing to see how the art piece will fit into the new public space.
The public art piece is being funded by the Province of BC through a BC Canada 150 Heritage Legacy grant and funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative.
If you would like to offer feedback and are unable to attend the engagement session you can read more about the project below and send the feedback form to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 4, 2018.
Some feedback on facebook:
KL: As an ex-pat, I don’t think its my place to comment officially, but as the child of one of Fernie’s history nuts, I do want to say something — the reason Fernie has so many stone and brick buildings now is because the fires of 1904 and 1908 burned all of the wooden structures down. The illustration of the proposed project gives the appearance of burned out concrete buildings (actually it’s quite reminiscent of the still standing concrete shell of the tipple in Hosmer), yet most of the buildings (and all of the homes) destroyed by the fire were wooden structures, and it was the loss of homes that had the most impact on the residents at the time.
My dad has a tape recording of an interview with a long-time area resident that was alive when the fire burned through the valley, and she told an amazing story of evacuating Fernie on a freight train, and taking refuge in the coke ovens in Hosmer (normally meant to keep fire in, they were used by many to keep the fire out!).
RH: Love this Mike! I like the way that the structures reflect both the permanence of Fernie itself, and the fragility of the structures as they were then. I also see reflections of the 3 sisters in the forms, was that deliberate? Nicely done. Comments sent to the City.
SA: Cool! Paul Reimer has given the artistic edge to Calgary too