In his 35 years in “The Republic of
Brackendale,” the outspoken Froslev has helped put the community and its eagles
on the map, making eagle watching a “national” pastime. He is currently
building an eagle tower.
Bob Brant talked to Froslev last week,
about how he came to Brackendale, how he built the BAG and where his
fascination with eagles came from.
PIQUE: Thor, you grew up in Denmark,
what led to what would become your fascination with eagles?
THOR FROSLEV: I've always liked
animals. I collected bird eggs, snakes and fish, then put them in formaldehyde.
I had a cupboard where I had all my stuff... I was a professional hookey
player. I was always into the animals and the birds. And so when I came out
here (to Canada) this interest never really left me.
PIQUE: Was there any indication in
your youth that you would become a gallery owner?
TF: When I was growing up I always
put on a little cabaret or a little circus in the back yard. I was the MC. I
would get a couple of girls singing. We couldn't get a cannibal, so I would get
this guy who would come in and eat spiders. And, of course I would have to do
something, so I would put a bunch of lizards on me. I'd take my jacket off and
have about 20 lizards all over me. But basically, I was the MC. And I walk
round here (the Brackendale Art Gallery, or BAG) today and I'm thinking this is
the same! It comes from a trait that I have from somewhere. I'm a natural. It
didn't come easy, but I'm a natural.
PIQUE: What motivated you to move to
Canada and to the West Coast?