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Public art project seeks community contributors

Creatively inclined members of the Whistler community are needed for a public art project involving 200 individually painted tiles.

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The tiles will be part of an RMOW-funded sculpture destined for instalment on the Valley Trail at the bottom of Lorimer Road.

Co-ordinating the project is Penny Martyn, a tile and ceramic artist with a home studio in Emerald Estates. Martyn described the instalment as two pillars adorned with the tiles painted by community participants and a central structure with an educational focus on the spawning cycle of Kokanee salmon.

The artwork is part of the RMOW’s Valley Trail Neighbourhood Project, which also commissioned a work by renowned Haida carver Lawrence Knowles after a call for submissions last autumn.

Martyn’s and Knowles’ works will be the first RMOW-funded public art to be installed outside Whistler Village, parks planner Kevin McFarland noted. Martyn’s piece is expected to be installed in April.

Whistlerites wishing to contribute to Martyn’s project can attend free tile making workshops at the Spruce Grove Field House on Friday, Jan. 28, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For more information on the project, call 604-932-0617.

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