A bronze monument for Quidi Vidi Lake and the Royal St. John’s Regatta. Bronze, 12′ wide. Commissioned by the City of St. John’s.
For me a sculpture commemorating The Royal St. John’s Regatta was a much needed addition to the lake. With such a rich history I thought it would be fitting to produce a piece to celebrate its occurrence. The regatta is such an old and unique event that it is deeply engrained in Newfoundland culture. The sculpture is meant to be a symbolic focal point for the event. Specifically I was inspired by the mechanics of the sport. I find the basic action of rowing a shell elegant. All over the piece you will find water like swirls and splashes making reference to forms that a shell would make moving through water.
There are three main elements to the piece. The boat itself is abstracted as to move away from being too literal and is generally shaped like a racing shell. The actual rower sitting on the boat is a more literal representation yet still has a similar texture to the rest of the piece. The last element is a wave that extends from the base in an arc describing the motion of an oar through water. As a whole it is attempting to encapsulate the strength, athleticism and elegance of the sport.