The mild steel will be cut using a computer driven water jet cutter. Here, Don is preparing the final drawings to create a vector file for the computer.
Working closely with Bryn Finer Studios Inc. and the City of Richmond, a set of detailed design drawings are produced to cover the costs and technicalities of the project. Some of the design challenges are:
The new design is developed using sketches and working models. The redesign emerges as a 9’-0” high steel bird mounted on a concrete plinth that would create bench seating for at least 8 people to sit on. This sculpture will create a new focal point within the park. It will be located on a small wooded knoll just off the main path in an undeveloped part of the park. The map of the park shows some of the options considered for the new location of the sculpture.
One of the top community choices for the final sculpture was the Great blue heron. This ultimately won the vote from the Hamilton Board of Directors as it is one of the iconic birds still to be seen in Richmond - and the bird also happens to be the emblem of Richmond. The following images show some of the design sketches produced.
During the course of these workshops, the community residents also had a chance to create their own sculptures. Here are some youngsters from the Hamilton Elementary School creating their own sculptures.
The terms of the contract award also require community involvement and input. To this end Don has conducted a series of workshops at the Hamilton Community Center where the design process and options for the final design were discussed. Here are some images taken at the community-based workshops in progress.
Artist Donald Gunn initially presented a giant fiberglass tree frog that would be mounted on a post and create a seat and a photo opportunity for park users. Here you can see some examples of that sculptural animal.
The Hamilton Community Association in association with the City of Richmond recently launched a competition to design a new piece of sculpture for Hamilton McLean Neighbourhood Park at 22500 McLean Avenue, Richmond, British Columbia.
The winner of the contest was Don Gunn of Donald Gunn Design based on Salt Spring Island, B.C.
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