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"Okanagan International Sculpture Symposium"
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Kelowna and District Arts Council
Kelowna, , CA Canada

Kelowna and District Arts Council will be hosting the 2002 Okanagan International Sculpture Symposium. The budget for the symposium is estimated to be 1.5 million dollars

The symposium will consist of a core team of 10 international sculptors representing a diversity of cultural influences. This core will be selected with the help of the symposium committee as well as participating foreign governments. Up to 15 Canadian sculptors will also participate. All sculptors will create permanent sculpture onsite and the public will be invited to view the works in progress. All sculptors will be commissioned to create one monumental sculptural piece.

This symposium will billed as the natural continuation of the 1975 stone symposium held in Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver. This was an extremely successful event that averaged over 300 spectators a day for the three month event and involved 15 sculptors from around the world. Camcorders will be placed on the various venues, allowing the world to view the ongoing process from a dedicated web site

Various venues in the Okanagan are being considered for the for the project with most of the activity, including the core team, being held in Kelowna. Seven other communities in the Okanagan, from Oosoyoos to Kamloops will be included in the event. When finished, sculptures will be permanently placed in the various communities.

The Okanagan University College will be asked to host an international sculptors conference at the same time as the symposium is being held, truly making this international event a one of world wide interest. . As well the first complete survey of Canadian sculpture will be undertaken by four major interior galleries in conjunction with the symposium and Dr. Robert Belton

This project will occupy much of the cultural events in Kelowna in the year 2002, and many spin-off events and benefits are expected to occur during this time.

The chairperson of the committee and the instigator of the project is sculptor Jock Hildebrand, who is presently the first Vice President of the Kelowna and District Arts Council. He is a professional sculptor and painter who maintains his own bronze casting foundry in Westbank B.C. For more information, Mr Hildebrand may be reached at the KADAC Office at 250 831- 4123, or may be emailed at : artis@home.com

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