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ABOUT THE WORK

A Place To Grow (2007)

Materials:Bronze and Stone
Dimensions:Base: 71" x 29" x 9.5"
Shear: 52" x 21" x 23"
Location: Ted Hole Park
130 Erin Ridge Drive

These three sculptures celebrate the Hole family's agricultural legacy. In 1959 this land became Ted and Lois Hole's home and business.

“In 1952, Ted Hole and his wife Lois stood for the first time on this sloping hill and decided it would be a good place to grow,” says Mayor Paul Chalifoux. “Today, we are delighted to honour Ted Hole's many contributions to this community by dedicating this park to his memory.”

As part of this dedication, the Hole Tribute Committee selected local artist Gerry Nason to create a sculptural tribute to Ted Hole.

“With his quiet and kindly manner, Ted Hole contributed to life in St. Albert through his strong family business and community presence. He had a deep respect for the land and a tenacious appreciation of what it can produce,” remarked Tribute Committee Co-Chair Mary O'Neill. “To recognize this fine gentleman, resident and neighbour, our Committee is pleased to have chosen Gerry Nason for his creation of a series of three bronze sculptures, in the form of plough shears, which describe three key periods in Ted's life in our community.

These plough shears are part of the trail network that meanders through the park space.

The Ted Hole Park is located in the centre of Erin Ridge on land that was originally part of the river lot owned and farmed by the Hole family when they first moved to St. Albert. The park provides a quiet, natural setting, appealing to people of all ages.

From the Ted Hole Park Dedication Ceremony — October 20, 2007

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Gerry Nason

Gerry Nason, artist and sculptor, operated a successful graphics studio in Edmonton, Alberta for 20 years until, in 1981, he turned to sculpture as a diversion from painting. He discovered that he preferred working in three dimensional media, and has since developed his sculpture in various mediums including stone, wood, ice, bronze, and other cast mediums.

Gerry's work is primarily influenced by nature; his subject matter includes animals of Alberta and figurative sculpture with emphasis on simplicity of shape. His works have been commissioned by numerous corporations and government agencies and has been included in both private and corporate collections across Canada and in Japan.

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