West Kelowna artist Jock Hildebrand may have finally found a permanent home for his Heron’s Landing bronze sculpture.
Hildebrand said the City of Nelson has expressed an interest in acquiring the sculpture for its community.
“Receiving this donated sculpture is in line with the efforts of Nelson’s Cultural Development Commission and its Art in Public Places Policy to develop a visually rich cultural environment,” said Nelson city councilor Donna Macdonald.
“While our focus is mainly on local and regional artists, the policy also encourages the participation of national and international artists, such as Mr. Hildebrand. The CDC looks forward to working with the city to find a home for this beautiful heron.”
The 25-ft bronze sculpture of an abstract blue heron was commissioned by Calgary developer Michael Lobsinger, of Lake Placid Group of Companies, who is donating it to a community in exchange for a tax receipt.
Lobsinger has already offered the piece to various municipalities. The City of Kelowna turned it down, while the District of West Kelowna expressed an interest but has concerns about where to locate it and the cost for the sculpture installation.
“I think Heron’s Landing will be a perfect fit for Nelson, which is both a waterfront community and an arts community,” said Lobsinger, who is donating the piece.
As for Hildebrand, he said he was grateful that Nelson has stepped up as a potential site for the heron sculpture, and for seeing the artistic message in the scultpture.