With over 90,000 people living in the City of Kamloops, it makes sense that on many days out of the year of beautiful weather we have, people travel all around the city for an adventure. Droves of people pack up their gear and head down to Riverside Park and Pioneer Park to catch some sun rays, go for a run, or have a nice picnic and lay the day away. Why not take a few selfies while your there? We know the CAP Team has! So, while you take in everything that the park has to offer, you might have noticed some of the amazing works of art that line the hills of the trail between the two parks. I’m sure that your mind has wondered about the creation and origins of the art and many other important questions. How long have they been there? Who are they by? Which CAP Team member is your favorite? I have the answers to some of your questions, the rest can be answered by your heart.
I mentioned earlier that you might be curious about the “creation” of a certain piece of wonder. Well, this week we will be focusing on just that! Located on the Millennium Trail between Riverside and Pioneer Park, this sculpture is titled “Creation” and was made by Percy Zorrilla Soto who was born in Lima, Peru. Built in 2002, Percy was one of four international artists commissioned to sculpt original works for the 2002 Okanagan/Thompson International Sculpture Symposium. This group was formed to be a world class cultural, artistic and tourism event that showcases nine communities in the Okanagan / Thompson Tourism Region. Percy was selected from that of hundreds of artists vying for the project. In the end, 20 sculptors were presented with $30,000 contracts to work in the Interior. It only took the highly skilled Peruvian artisan just three weeks to weld and shape his creation to unveil to the community.
Through the voice of his interpreter Elizabeth Flores, a local artist, Zorrilla Soto described the motivation of his hands. “By putting objects together, I am able to create new negative space. The sculpture is about spirituality in man. Empty space encased by the plates is a symbol of soul. The rusting steel, symbols of what age does to bodies.” Percy normally works with both stone and metal but for this Creation, metal was his only choice. Unlike other works of art that must be preserved for as long as possible, this creation was designed specifically to degrade over time, just like our bodies and the human condition. It is captivating how one piece of art can have such a deeper meaning. With all that being said, don’t forget to pay close attention to the hills of the parks and who knows, you might just your new favorite sculpture too!
This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!