Musquem Elder, Jim Kew gathered with a group of Hamilton children around the Heron as an important part of the ceremonies.
And this completes our recounting of this work of public art. From inception to completion, we are proud to have taken part in this project on behalf of the city of Richmond and the Hamilton community.
It was a perfect warm sunny day to come together as a community and celebrate. Seen here, the young members of the Hamilton community march upon the stage to share their artwork with all.
Children from the Hamilton community built their own herons to help celebrate the unveiling of the new heron sculpture.
This work of public art acts as an important landmark, drawing the minds of the visitors to contemplate the natural surrounding beauty of Richmond and celebrate the great outdoors.
The Heron sculpture is now fully constructed, beautiful and ready for the next stage to completion! Off to Cedar, B.C for powder coating.
First the sculpture is loaded onto the truck, dropped off in Cedar at the painters, then each piece of the sculpture is suspended, painted and left to air dry. After the sculpture is dried it is packed once more for its final journey.
The following images will take you on a journey through the Heron assembly process in the welding shop. This is an exciting step for the artistic team, many months work built up to this day!
The entire sculpture will be fabricated out of stainless steel.
To begin, artist Donald Gunn sent templates of his designs to the steel fabricator on Salt Spring Island. At the steel fabricators a specialized artisan cut the the designs out of a single sheet of solid 3/8 inch steel plate. To do so this artisan used a highly specialized steel cutting bed, that is immersed in water to reduce friction and heat.
Once the each design is cut from the steel the artisan then begins the finishing work. Freshly cut steel is very sharp and rough if not prepared properly, so the artist uses metal grinders to ride the surface of sharp edges and to produce a smooth organic surface that is pleasing and safe to touch.
Each element of the sculpture will be treated in this way. Once all the various elements are cut and finished, final assembly of the sculpture can begin.
Stay tuned for the next step!
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