ABOUT THE WORK
|Dimensions:||(H)10’6” x (L)42” x (W)42”|
|Location:||Rotary Park (west of Riel Park)|
British sculptor Tony Stallard is the creator of Cone, a ten and a half foot bronze depiction of a spruce cone which pays tribute to one of the few extant stands of White Spruce in the St. Albert region. The stand of trees is a first growth forest that is approximately 170 years old and predates the settlement of St. Albert.
“Cone was intended to be a dramatic site-specific sculpture for Riel Park that would celebrate St. Albert as an iconic symbol of its past and present,” says Tony Stallard. “The sculpture makes reference to the natural beauty of the area and was intended to serve as a celebration or 'giving back' to commemorate the trees that have given so much in terms of St Albert's infrastructure and economy. It brings to the citizens of St. Albert a meaningful awareness of this organic form as an iconic symbol of St Albert itself. I believe that the sculpture in time will become a dramatic landmark that will inspire civic pride.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tony Stallard studied in Great Britain where he received his M.A. in Site Specific Sculpture from the Wimbledon School of Art, London in 1993, and his MFA in Public Art from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1995. He subsequently made a career specializing in public art installation and has successfully created large works around the world in locations such as Canada, Ireland and the Czech Republic. In Alberta, his public commissions in Fort McMurray and Calgary have received warm acclaim.