Crosland Doak with Illarion Gallant, 2007
Media: Steel, cast aluminum, television screen
This project resulted from the desire to have a landmark sculpture in Village Square that would feature a video showcase of life in Whistler. Initially, a competition led to selection of art that sparked a controversy. In that case, a fabric-wrapped pole was proposed to provide an illuminated canopy over a television screen. As that form reminded some people of something they considered offensive, a campaign was led to quash the project. This was the first instance of a Whistler public art protest.
Subsequently, the RMOW commissioned landscape architect Crosland Doak for his proposal to create a fluid, landmark form that would support the television screen and iconic elements of sporting life in Whistler. Illarion Gallant worked with Crosland Doak and created the sculpture. Skis from Rob Boyd, a snowboard from Ross Rebagliati, a mountain bike canoe paddle and a fly fishing rod were cast in aluminum and then fixed to the landmark. A book form was also cast that bears a tribute to gravity from local author Steven Vogler.
Public art nearby:
121 Totem at Mountain Square, 200 metres up the Stroll
123 Three Interwoven Wishbones and Wishes 210 metres northwest