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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
He has already received several submissions as well as some
queries on the competition.
For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com
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.