Poetry sought for public art sculptures 

Words will inspire on themes of togetherness and listening

click to enlarge Fine chime rhymes Poet Mary McDonald, sculptor and creator of the concept Joan Baron, and poet Pam Barnsley at the Poet’s Pause chimes on Alta Lake.
  • Fine chime rhymes Poet Mary McDonald, sculptor and creator of the concept Joan Baron, and poet Pam Barnsley at the Poet’s Pause chimes on Alta Lake.

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“You could just come and say three words and if it is incredible that might do it.”

Last year 44 poems were submitted from 30 poets.

“I think the writers of the community are thrilled to have a place where they can be a part of that art,” said Baron adding that she is also touched when she finds first hand how Poet’s Pause affects people’s lives.

“…One fellow said to me as he was getting his bike from around the chairs, ‘I come here almost every day with my Dad while we are here and we just reflect upon the moment, we just sit in the big chairs and look out and reflect and it is really special.’”

There is no doubt that the sculptures have become popular stopping places and provide a voice for poets in the valley.

Said Kevin McFarland, municipal parks planner: “I think that was a particularly brilliant part of Joan’s concept for Poet’s Pause, to create a place for writers when they are just not normally part of sculpture public art projects.”

He has already received several submissions as well as some queries on the competition.

For more information go to kmcfarland@whistler.ca, or call Kevin McFarland at 604-935-8185.

The fee paid for each poem selected through this competition will be $200. There will be no compensation for proposals.

Proposals should be submitted to:

Resort Municipality of Whistler

4325 Blackcomb Way

Whistler, BC, V0N 1B4

Attention: Kevin McFarland

or emailed to: kmcfarland@whistler.ca

Winners will be notified by Feb. 9, 2009.

The first phase of Neighbourhood Valley Trail Public Art Series led to the creation of two sculpture projects, a sculpture next to the River of Golden Dreams called “Cycling Salmon” by Penny Martyn, and a series of sculptures by Laurence Knowles that reference First Nations stories.

The second phase was a stone sculpture called “Last Love” by Patrick Sullivan near the Lake Placed Road train station. Joan Baron’s projects, Poet’s Pause, is part of phase three.

All of the projects give the Whistler Valley Trail a unique character and in some way involved the public in the creation of the art.

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