Two artists hope to provide their take on a historic disaster in Fernie.
City council will decide Monday night if they will go ahead with artwork depicting the 1908 fire that destroyed most of the community.
The project by Michael Hepher and Paul Reimer is proposed for Station Square near the Arts Station.
Hepher hopes this addition could bring more history to the downtown core.
“I feel like its an important thing to help promote the identity of a community to continue to build these sign posts and mile markers that are not only rooted in history, but also forward thinking and help give our town a visual identity,” Hepher says.
He says the 1908 fire is part of the community’s culture.
“All of these large events whether they are in 1908 or in 2017 become part of our socio-cultural fabric,” Hepher says. “We still have one of the largest paid fire departments of any small town in BC and I think part of that is because cultural memory of the fire is still very strong.”
Hepher says the community’s response has been mostly positive.
The installation would be funded by a $50,000 Canada 150 Heritage grant if given the go-ahead.
(Artist rendering provided by Michael Hepher)
– Fernie Artist Michael Hepher