Community projects…

ParkDesign

Pocket park, anyone? In 2015 the Village of Kaslo’s website featured a short survey re: what people would like to see happen to the vacant lot beside the Kaslo Village Hall, former site of the village’s firehall. The majority of those replying chose a public garden/park. Following a call for submissions, the Village chose one landscape design but to date has not found the funds to finalize the design/adjustments/alterations/infrastructure needed to most effectively carry out this project. This doesn’t mean the Village doesn’t want to do it; there just aren’t more than 24 hours in a day and they have a long list of things they are working on…. But the initial plan is in place and Kaslo’s Public Art Committee will have a hand in encouraging the public to take part in the process and decision making at certain points in the creation of the “pocket park”.

Definition (Wikipedia):  A pocket park (also known as a parkette, mini-park, vest-pocket park or vesty park) is a small park accessible to the general public. Pocket parks are frequently created on a single vacant building lot or on small, irregular pieces of land.

Along with accessibility, there is potential to create the elements of this type of park as unique to Kaslo as possible…which can of course, encompass a whole range of ideas.

Here are some ideas that have been collected, given the location  and size of the space and in consideration of the “character” of the Village of Kaslo:

  • Perhaps a brick or flagstone pathway with the family names of those living  (past and present) in Kaslo stamped in the bricks which could form the paths in and around this space. These types of materials also offer an easy surface for walking on or pushing a stroller or wheel chair.
  • Building material?  Brick walls, ironwork or…maybe river stone from the Kaslo river to create a defined area around the park.
  • Should there be water in some form in the park? that might depend on the capacity of the Village water system…(if something like a fountain is considered) or not.
  • Could the benches be made out of locally harvested wood ? ..one of the Village’s policies is to whenever possible, use locally sourced wood for Village “furniture” (ie benches), etc, so perhaps that would work well with the design.
  • Could we hire local sculptors to design several lamps (run on solar energy?) to be included for lighting the area at night?.
  • Could there be a life sized miner’s cabin in the centre of the park for kids to explore in? We have a history of mining in the area. Perhaps the Kootenay Lake Historical Society would like to be a partner in research of the historical side (which is huge!) of features included in the park.
  • Put in a “Speakers corner” at one end, perhaps enlarged  enough to serve also as a performance space or platform for musicians – music being such a large and positive feature of the Village….

These are just a few random ideas to get collective creative juices going and to encourage use of local resources and local knowledge and local talent to help make it “the right place” for Kaslo. Stay tuned for further developments as the plan continues to develop.

Sculpture Walk….deadline to vote approaches.

The deadline for casting your vote for your favourite piece of public art in this year’s Castlegar Sculpture Walk draws near. September 30 is your last chance to cast your vote, if you have a chance to take a stroll and in-person look through Castlegar’s collection of public artwork for 2016.Voting/ballot boxes are in various locations spread around Castlegar. One is in the city center in front of city hall. Another at the grocery store and another at the railway museum.

Here is a link to the brochure to refer to. Only hard copies of the ballot are accepted for voting.Contact publicartetckaslo@gmail.com if you can’t find any ballots – they may already have been used up, but we can access more if you need one, and couldnt find one in Castlegar.

http://www.sculpturewalkcastlegar.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Sculpturwalk-Brochure-2016.pdf

In 2015 Chris Petersen and Spring Shine from the North Kootenay Lake area entered “Regeneration” (see below), a wonderful and interactive reflection on our past history of forestry. Many who came by had to take a seat inside this hollow stump and enjoy the beautifully finished multi-colored wood interior and feeling of safety that such an enclosure provides.”Regeneration” won the People’s Choice award in 2015, was purchased by the City of Castlegar  and now sits outside city hall there.

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This year, Chris Peterson and Spring Shine got together again, now joined by Hans Winter, to create another entry. “Sculpture Walk” is a wonderful mind-twisting walkway which, beyond its own intriguing lines, offers incredible shadows as the sun moves across the sky.

For more information and photos of work  by  all the artists who entered the 2016 Sculpture Walk:

http://www.sculpturewalkcastlegar.com/

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Spring Shine is one of the artists whose artwork can also be found in the Village of Kaslo, such as this piece , “Soaring”, which is displayed on Front Street in Kaslo, beside Kooterra Pottery