A maquette of the proposed sculpture for Idlewild Park in Cranbrook

New Sculpture for Idlewild Park


Cranbrook and District Arts Council is thrilled to announce that Idlewild park will be the location for a new sculpture to be crafted by Paul Reimer. This project has been made possible through a Public Art grant from Columbia Basin Trust.

Cranbrook Arts is passionate about bringing new and varied art to Cranbrook so when Columbia Basin Trust announced funding this spring for new art projects, they set about looking at possibilities. After reviewing several ideas in cooperation with City staff, Paul’s project was selected for the application. “I am so excited to know our grant application was successful and can hardly wait to see this project installed,” said Tobi Johnston of Cranbrook and District Arts Council.

Paul Reimer is well known to many local residents as he is the artist blacksmith who together with Michael Hepher of Fernie, created the Spirit Tree in Clocktower Square and the Reconciliation Sculpture at the Canadian Rockies International Airport. This new hand-forged iron sculpture, to be crafted over the coming months, is inspired by Joseph Creek flowing through the City of Cranbrook, a living symbol of the importance of connecting with our environment, our community, and with each other. The fifty foot long sculpture, up to nine feet wide in places will form seating for dozens of people and invite children to climb and play on it. Its fluid appearance will curve through the natural environment of trees and vegetation close to the creek to which it pays homage.

Cranbrook Arts hopes in the future to assist in bringing more public art to our city. This first step in many years is fitting recognition of the revitalization of one of our important, well-used and treasured local parks.

This project was a bringing together of community partners. We worked closely with the City of Cranbrook, the Columbia Outdoor School and the Rotary of Cranbrook.

We thank Columbia Basin Trust, all interested artists and the City of Cranbrook for their interest and support in this project.

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