Many Rosslanders will have already noticed that a new lady has just ridden into town. Now that her plinth is complete, we would like to introduce our newest sculpture, Lily May. This significant and innovative sculpture was commissioned by the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture to be installed next to the Rossland Miners Hall.
Our vision for this sculpture was to integrate Rossland’s mining history, and the recreational and artistic activities that have evolved in our community over the last 100 years.
The sculpture is located in front of the historic Miners Hall and is a fitting symbol for Rossland’s gold mining history and the hall’s current use as an arts and culture centre. The sculpture also celebrates the feminine and provides balance to the predominantly masculine monuments and sculptures in the downtown core.
The concept is a Can Can dancer on a bike with a miner’s lamp held out front. This strong fearless woman is doing a popular bike stunt called the “No Footer Can Can” which is something a twenty-first century rider would do. Artist Heather Wall describes it as “a Can Can dancer doing a Can Can jump melds history with the present day and gives extreme motion to metal”.
The artist behind this sculpture is Heather Wall. Currently residing in Powell River. Heather has a background in Graphic Design, Interpretive Design and Illustration. She uses her ‘C’ class welding ticket to produce custom, beautiful sculptures and functional art pieces.
For the past 10 years, the RCAC has been building a curated collection of public art installations in downtown Rossland. The collection is part of our Public Art Initiative which acquires art works that can enhance Rossland’s downtown aesthetic and streetscape. 2020 has been a major year for public art with the addition of two permanent sculptures, Lily May and V-Formation, and three wood carvings, Mighty Ursus, Booty and Cookie, and Monte. We now have ten permanent sculptures and one mural in our Public Art Collection:
- The Storytellers (Rossland Public Library) – sculpture
- Bears Playing (Post Office) – sculpture
- Rusty (Queen & Columbia) – sculpture
- Sphere of Influence (Revolution Cycles/Rossland Beer Co.) – sculpture
- Salmon and Turtle (Washington and Third Avenue) – sculpture
- Peace and Remembrance (Rossland Cenotaph) – mural
- V-Formation (Mountain Nugget Chocolate Co.) – sculpture
- Lily May (Miners Hall) – sculpture
- Mighty Ursus (Centennial Trail) – wood carving
- Booty and Cookie (Centennial Trail) – wood carving
- Monte (Centennial Trail) – wood carving
This year’s rotating sculpture from the Castlegar Sculpturewalk is Equilibrium, on the corner of Washington and Columbia.
The intention of this program is to not only highlight arts and culture in our community but to contribute to our community’s social and economic vibrancy. Our Public Art is enjoyed by locals and visitors which helps attract and retain individuals into our downtown. We estimate that more than 3,000 locals and an equal number of visitors engage annually with our public art. Our public art has been featured prominently in print, social media and many visitors’ photos of their vacation in Rossland.
With this sculpture installed outside the Miners’ Hall, we now have a complete Art Walk route. The RCAC is now working with our local tourism stakeholders to design and implement a Public Art Walk that can be shared with visitors and locals.
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For more information please contact:
RCAC Executive Administrator