Gallery #4 - Public & Commercial Art Projects

We were honoured to create 7 community projects and are now working on number 8. These sculptures were created as public art projects in Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon, Falklands and Enderby.


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We were invited to bid on a special project for the Canadian Mental Health Association's new transition house "Willowbridge". The concept behind this project was to work with the people that would be using the Transition House or have used it in the past; to create something special to commemorate the opening of their new building and with the help of the staff at the CMHA, anyone who wanted to be a part of the process was invited to join us to talk about what it meant in their lives and transform their feelings and ideas into a piece of artwork that would represent these concepts. After that meeting, Edward worked with these concepts to create the sculpture we called "Fulfillment". It represents the changes in their lives from needing help to the transition of becoming productive members of our society, the fulfillment and joy of their new lives. We felt very previlaged to be a part of this special project.

At the dedication cerimony, there was a few hundred people including Kelowna Major Sharon Shepard, MP Stockwell Day, MLA Rich Coleman, CMHA staff, media personal and general public. The process from the original meetings to the completion of the piece was videotaped by Melissa Strazelec, a graduate from UBCO as a permanent part of this project.

The sculpture was completed October 2010.

"Loggers on a Roll"

This sculpture was created for the City of Enderby Arts Council to reflect an appreciate for days gone by. They are 5 to 6 feet high and 150 lbs. total.

Community Garden's "The Lively Trio"

We were commissioned to create a garden sculpture for the Community Gardens in Kelowna (Mission area). With the bright colors on the carrot, tomato and pea pod, this sculpture should make everyone that sees it happy and inspired. It weighs about 100 lbs., stands 6 1/2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

Great Spirit Weather Vane

The original sculpture was commissioned for Round Lake Treatment Center with a weather vane and an Owl on top...They changed their mind and wanted an Eagle placed on top. The finished sculpture was stunning and the owl was purchased by another employee of Round Lake. They are 5 to 6 feet high and 150 lbs. total.

Community Garden's "The Working Carat"

On a beautiful sunny day in November, we installed the "The Working Carat". It was dedecated the following Monday which happened to the the first snow day of the year.

We were commissioned to create a sculpture to celebrate the fun of gardening for the lucky people involved in community gardens in Winfield. We met with several of the gardeners and members of KDSCL (brain injury society,and in colabration with both groups, using some of their old tools we created this unique and fun sculpture. The outline is shaped like a very large carrot as this is one of the most planted vegetable in the gardens. The inside has a variety of old tools, each with their own "quirky" faces. The name comes from "Working" for the people involved in the garden ang the tools within the sculpture. The "Carat" comes from the sculpture representing a carrot; spelling Carat for diamond in the rough as the carrot is more of a outline with pieces in the middle.

Royal Anne's Ogopogo"

The Royal Anne Hotel commissioned Metal Dream Designs to create this well know legendary creature "Ogopogo" of Okanagan Lake to inspire and educate our locals and visitors alike with our Native culture and history.

The Ogopogo Native legend tells of a respected Elder named Old-Kan-he-kan who was murdered along the shores of the lake. As puhishment the gods changed the killer into a serpent creature, forever imprisioned in the lake. In memory of the Old-kan-he-kan, his people named the Lake "Okanagan".

Originally named N"ha-itk (translated to lake monster or water demon,) it is said to live between Squally Point and Rattlesnake Island, across the lake from Peachland.

The creature demanded food sacrifices from travelers for safe passage through the waters it called. It would churn the lake waters suddenly from calm to stormy if not appeased.

The name Ogopogo became the popular thanks to an English song written in 1924. The song was such a big hit that the new name stuck and is now known around the world.

The sculpture is almost 8 feet tall and weighs approximately 700 lbs. With a short railing at the front of the space protects the sculpture.

"Whispering Leaf"

We were invited to bid on a special project for Knowles Park by the City of Kelowna. The sculpture was a large leaf shaped pergola to be placed above 2 benches to accent the "maze" flower bed on the East side of the park. We won the bid...hey!!

The overall structure is 18 feet long, 8 feet wide and 9 feet in the air on 3 legs cemented in the ground. It weighs just under 500 lbs.

Hope everyone enjoys the project as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Here are some of the pictures of the construction and installation of the project we named "Wispering Leaf".

The metal is being formed by huge rollers into the shapes we need to construct the "Leaf".

The "Leaf" comes to life at our studio.

The truck has come to transport the "Leaf" to Knowles Park in Kelowna.

The "Leaf" arrives at Knowles Park and is lifted into place.

The "Leaf" was painted black after the welding was finished and is ready for all to enjoy.

We are very proud of this project and hope everyone enjoys it as well as we enjoyed creating it.

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