May 13, 2019
Welcome Equilibrium, a gravity-defying sculpture portraying an athlete in a challenging balancing act! This award-winning piece, has recently been installed at the corner of Washington Street and Columbia Avenue. It was created by David Ducharme from Winlaw, BC and is Rossland’s latest sculpture leased through RCAC’s Rotating Sculpture program. Ducharme described his piece as exploring “the common ground between our body and our life where we seek a sense of harmony, rhythm and flexibility within the way we move through space and interact with people”.
The muscularity of the head down figure balanced single-armed on the top of the pole, his other arm thrown out wide and legs splayed just right to maintain the pose, is apparent. It brings to mind the incredulity felt at seeing top tier gymnasts or skilled acrobats perform intricate and incredible movement so effortlessly. The flexibility and agility Ducharme portrays, and accomplishes, personifies both physicality and delicacy. At the 2018 Castlegar Sculpturewalk Gala, David Ducharme’s piece won the Overall Artistic Merit Award and was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award. Come and check it out!
The RCAC’s Public Art initiative is focused on bringing unique sculptures to Rossland that resonate with our community and stimulate discussion around art and the different subjects it portrays. The Public Art Committee felt that Equilibrium would not only add interest to our downtown but also compliment the athletic spirit that Rossland is known for. “To me it portrays the sense of balance that many of us try to find between work and play, or art and recreation. We are extremely pleased that we can have this unique and dynamic sculpture in our community for the year.” says RCAC’s Public Art Committee Chair, Renate Fleming.
Since 2014 the RCAC, has been participating in the West Kootenay Regional Sculpturewalk Program by hosting one or two sculptures each year. Each year, RCAC, in consultation with the City of Rossland, selects a new sculpture from the Castlegar Sculpturewalk collection. In addition to Equilibrium, the RCAC is leasing V-Formation, for another year. This popular interactive piece displaying a flock of flying geese, is outside the Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company.
The RCAC has reached out to the local business community for financial support to help keep this popular sculpture program alive. “Our funders want to see community buy-in and we have been able to demonstrate that. The support has been overwhelming. We will be approaching different businesses and sponsors each year to continue this program.” says Renate Fleming. The RCAC would like to acknowledge the generous support of Bear Country Kitchen, Alpine Grind, RE/MAX Realty, Fair Realty, Mountain Town Properties, Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company and Century 21, who have contributed towards this year’s Rotating Sculpture program! In past years Revolution Cycle, Curiosity Clothing, Laundry Dog Laundromat, and Sourdough Alley have contributed to the program. Special thanks goes to Tourism Rossland who recognizes the value of this program and has partnered with RCAC again on applying for funding for this program.
For the past 10 years, the RCAC has also been building a curated collection of permanent public art pieces in Rossland to enhance the downtown core. Five permanent sculptures have been installed over the years including: The Storytellers (Rossland Public Library), Two Bears Playing (Post Office), Rusty, (Queen & Columbia), and Sphere of Influence, (between the Laundromat and Revolution Cycle). The most recent, Salmon and Turtle (Washington and Third Avenue) was created by local sculptor David Sidley. A new permanent sculpture is in the works for outside the Miners’ Hall. This next sculpture project, Doing the Can Can, depicts a can-can girl on a bike doing a move known as the “can-can”. “She is an athlete, brave, skilled and enjoying her art, like so many of the women in our town; beit the runners, skiers, bikers, skaters, or golfers. We are excited to have her join the club – hopefully by the end of this year!”, says RCAC President Theshini Naicker.