“…I must now pass the torch to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future…”
From a final letter from Tom Connors to his fans, posted on his official website
SUDBURY, Ontario – Tyler Fauvelle has created Dear Canada, a limited edition (45) art resin sculpture, inspired by a letter Stompin’ Tom Connors wrote to his fans before his death in March 2013. The artwork measures 8” high, and each piece of the edition is hand-finished in verdigris. The artworks are numbered, and each one comes with a commemoration certificate of authenticity, signed by the sculptor. Tyler says that “Although I usually cast my work in bronze, Dear Canada is done in art resin, which I like working with from time to time; it gives me interesting finishing options.”
Tyler will be donating most of the edition to the Indiegogo campaign recently launched by the Stompin’ Tom Connors Commemorative Committee. The Sudbury-based group commissioned the first life-sized bronze sculpture of Stompin’ Tom Connors, which it proposes to install in downtown Sudbury, Ontario. The committee launched the $25,000 crowdsourcing campaign so that Canadians from coast to coast could express their appreciation of Connors, an uncompromising patriot who stood up for Canadian culture. Tyler Fauvelle created the life-sized clay sculpture, which is now at the foundry for bronze casting.
The committee announced the commemoration in mid-February of this year, and has reached more than 20% of its fundraising target. Jeff MacIntyre, Chair of Downtown Sudbury, and a member of the committee, says: “We continue fundraising here in Sudbury, and have some entertaining events planned. But, we see this as a national project, too…We hope that Canadians everywhere will take a moment to help us with this commemorative bronze. It’s a matter of pride, of honouring a true Canadian voice.”
Tyler says that Dear Canada will not be for sale – it’s reserved exclusively for the commemoration.
“Stompin’ Tom’s music was inspired by the vivid beauty of our country, and he sang the extraordinary stories of ordinary people,” says Tyler. “The guitar stock in the sculpture bends toward the flames of the maple leaf, forming a heart-space, and representing the passion of the patriotic torch Tom held before our eyes, and hoped we would keep ablaze. Tom Connors loved Canada, and it’s as simple – and as complicated – as that. The verdigris finish suggests legacy, and a certain roughness, because Tom’s road was rarely easy. His famous hat is represented here, of course, resting by the guitar – close to the music, where it belongs.”
For more information, here is the link to the campaign: http://igg.me/at/StompinStatue
Sculpture by Tyler Fauvelle
Photo: Sculpture by Tyler Fauvelle