Picture Frame

Tue, 2013-09-03

 

Ostler Park now features a new and exciting piece of public art. An imposing dark bronze picture frame, measuring 9' X 9' was installed at the South end of the Park on September 3rd. The frame, complete with Campbell River in script,  features  Discovery Passage, Quadra Island and fishing boats as a backdrop. This will be an attraction not only for visitors to our City but our residents as well. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, family and high school reunions are just a few of the special events that could be captured.

Two years ago a local resident, Wendy Baker, who had recently returned from a European vacation, mentioned to Jan Wade of the BIA she had a new project the BIA might want to take on - a large picture frame people would pose in. The project  finally came to fruition. First, the RBC Royal Bank and Royal LePage Advance Realty stepped up to the plate and agreed to help sponsor the construction. The City was approached for permission to install the frame in the Park and agreement on location. In addition, the City excavated the hole for the foundation and provided a lovely wooden and metal bench. Next, South Harbour Marine, a metal fabricating business situated just below the Government Wharf, built the most amazing aluminum "shadow box" picture frame. The frame now needed to be painted. How to get the frame off the dock? Grant Signs came to the rescue. They sent a crane truck and transported the frame to their shop where it was reinforced, sanded and painted. In order to complete the project the BIA needed more sponsors. Thanks to the Royal Court Businesses, the Foreshore Building Businesses, the City of Campbell River, Grant Signs, Granite Works, Upland Ready Mix, Island Fever Travel, Tangles Hair Salon & Day Spa, Olive Me Accessories and Jane Super the frame was ready for installation. Talk about community effort!!

On September 3rd a few extra preparations had to take place (Thank goodness, no rain).  Parking spots were blocked off for Grant Signs and Upland Ready Mix.  Jeff Doyle and Al Stanski had to build the foundation for the cement.  Plywood was laid across the grass for the wheelbarrows.  At 2:00 the frame arrived!  What a sight! The frame was placed, adjusted, leveled, adjusted, leveled - ok to go. 3:00 the cement arrivedand was wheelbarrowed across the plywood.  One wheelbarrow had a flat tire - oh well, keep going.  TV, radio, newspaper and interested people started arriving to watch and report, the bubbly was opened and we saluted the frame and everybody who helped.  Jeff continued with the cement finishing until 8:00.  Then the plywood was leaned up against the frame with a tarp to cover.  A commissionaire was hired to "guard" the cement until 10:30.  Jeff watched over until 1:00am! 

A granite plaque thanks to Granite Works and Periscope Promotions is now in place as well as the bench from the City. 

Stroll over to Ostler Park and take a look at the new addition.

 

 

 

 

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