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[Not] My Town Monday, the Canadian edition

July 21, 2014

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On our way back home from Syringa Provincial Park, we spent a couple of hours in Castlegar, British Columbia — the Sculpture Capital of Canada. (They’ve actually trademarked that line.)
We were duly impressed!

"Sphere of Influence"

“Sphere of Influence”

For five years now, Castlegar has hosted a Sculpture Walk with entries from local and international artists. The public is invited to look at all of the sculptures and vote for a favorite. The sculpture with the highest vote tally is purchased by the city and put on permanent display. How cool is that?

Smelling the flowers

smelling the flowers…

All  32 sculptures in the 2014 event are available for sale ($3,000 – $36,000 CND; most are in the 3-15K range) and occasionally a business will purchase one. Tim Horton’s has a hockey player sculpture (of course) and this awesome sculpture made of gears and whatnot is on permanent display in front of another business:

The plaque reads:  Rumi once said, "Start a huge and foolish project." So I did.  Rabi'a.

The plaque reads:
Rumi once said, “Start a huge and foolish project.” So I did. Rabi’a.

 

Speaking of foolish…

We found the old train depot

We found the old train depot

DSCN0972  sculpture with a boy's face

 

 

It was a perfectly lovely day to walk around and explore downtown Castlegar.

Who couldn't love a town with a crosswalk like this?

Who couldn’t love a city with a crosswalk like this?

 

"Tri-Tonal"

“Tri-Tonal”

"Rebirth" (cast of a whale pelvis -- looks like a heart)

“Rebirth”

 

"Song of the Flying Dutchman" is one of our favorites

“Song of the Flying Dutchman” is one of our favorites

"Jelly"

“Jelly”  and my 6-foot, 1-inch tall son

 

"Seventy-Six Trombones"

“Seventy-Six Trombones”

SnakeMaster played a little tune!

SnakeMaster played a little tune!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Honkfest" was the winner in 2013 and a winner with H-J. SnakeMaster wondered how much money he could glean from the bottom of the pool.

“Honkfest” was the winner in 2013 and a winner with H-J.   SnakeMaster wondered how much money he could glean from the bottom of the pool.

 

 

"What the Nose Knows"  ...and 2 boogers!

“What the Nose Knows”
…and 2 boogers!

This post concludes our recent Canadian adventures over the 4th of July weekend  — because all good Americans go to Canada to celebrate their independence, eh? If you missed them, here are the links for part onepart two, and part three.

 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2014 5:36 AM

    What fun! Of the ones in your photos, I am most fond of the sculptures “Seventy Six Trombones” and “Sphere of Influence.” Well done, Castlegar.

  2. melissawest permalink
    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM

    Oh, art! Public art! Creative art! What a cool town.

  3. July 21, 2014 8:45 AM

    What a wonderful town!

  4. July 21, 2014 9:13 AM

    That looks like a fabulous place to wander for a few hours! Those sculptures are very cool.

  5. July 21, 2014 9:51 AM

    Good grief you are good with that camera of yours! I adore the photo tours you take us one. What an awesome place to visit.

  6. thesmittenimage permalink
    July 23, 2014 10:28 AM

    I’m glad you had such fun north of the border. Who knew we were such a whimsical lot. Love those sculptures. That last one is a real hoot.. or snort.. or something.

  7. July 24, 2014 7:43 AM

    COOL! Obviously I love the ones with musical instruments, but the one with flowers and the bicycle wheel one might get my top votes. Put this on the travel list!

  8. July 28, 2014 6:45 AM

    I still have not done the sculpture walk this year but plan to take my daughter (11) and granddaughter this week. I can tell you really enjoyed it. Next year will be whole new exhibit and so you must return for a fun filled weekend.

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