Paul Harder, 2010
As part of the concept for an inclusive playground that reflects the nature of this region, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) sought to include a tactile experience in the form of a bronze animal. Artist Paul Harder was selected to create two lynx that would look to each other from the sides of a playground path.
The lynx (bobcat) was chosen because it is a child-sized animal and not as commonly represented in local art as other animals. Paul Harder’s art is known for being focussed on realistic representations of wildlife. In this case, he created two richly-textured sculptures that have child appeal without being cartoonish. The sculptures’ bronze patinas will age with time and with interaction.
For more information on the creation of the inclusive playground, view the description for ART-ID# 133.
Public art nearby:
137 Olympic Rings 75 metres southeast along the Stroll and the Paralympic Agitos 60 metres east in Whistler Olympic Plaza
135 Olympic Lightning Figure Totem just east of the playground