For over 10 years, the RCAC has been building a curated collection of public art installations in downtown Rossland. This collection is a long-term commitment to public art and we are continuously identifying sculpture and sites that would enhance the downtown core. Six permanent sculptures and 1 mural are already installed including: The Storytellers (Rossland Public Library), Two Bears Playing (Post Office), Rusty the Horse (Queen & Columbia), Sphere of Influence, Salmon and Turtle (Washington and Third Avenue), V-Formation (Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company), and Peace and Remembrance (Rossland Cenotaph).
The intention of this initiative is to not only highlight arts and culture in our community but to contribute to our community’s social and economic vibrancy. Public art enhances the experience of urban spaces and communicates the presence of our active arts community. We estimate that more than 3,000 locals and an equal number of visitors engage annually with our public art. These sculptures have captured the interest and imagination of locals and tourists alike, and have become focal points for visitor photos and social media posts.
Rotating Sculpture Program
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 continues to compliment the 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.
The RCAC has reached out again this year to the local business community for financial support to help keep this popular sculpture program alive. The support this year has been overwhelming and we cannot thank these local businesses enough!
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.