Mulmur sculptor Ken Hall is embarking on an ambitious new project driven by his passion for wildlife and the preservation of natural habitat needed to protect our fragile biodiversity.
Entitled Legacy, the installation features a life-sized killer whale skeleton sculpted entirely from reclaimed cedar and suspended from the ceiling, encircled at ground level by a ring of information pedestals resembling the barren stumps left after clear-cut logging.
Dealing specifically with the issues surrounding logging on the west coast and its effect on resident killer whale populations, Legacy has particular relevance in our own area in light of the on-going Melancthon quarry proposal.
The goal of Legacy is to initiate discussions about the impacts of natural resource extraction on local communities and ecosystems. It encourages the audience to ask questions like: How did we get here? Are we doing this for the right reasons? Is this extraction sensible and/or sustainable? What can I do about it? Legacy will provide guidance for answering these questions and will encourage the audience to examine their own local issues more deeply.
Legacy will initially be shown at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives during the Summer/Fall of 2013, and from there it is hoped to springboard a national tour for the exhibition.
Legacy will be sculpted entirely out of reclaimed cedar – if you or anyone you know of has recently removed a cedar deck in the local area and would be willing to donate the material, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and Ken will be happy to come and pick the wood up!
At this early stage, we need your help to build momentum for the project. We need you to spread the word. You can help by visiting the site and sharing this link with as many people as possible:
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