08/2010 OKANAGAN ART WORKS
The second representational piece Doug Alcock was requested to do, was the hummingbird at Guisachan Heritage Park “Dr Anderson established the Okanagan Historical Society. He was one of those old-fashioned doctors who made the rounds and he was the doctor who delivered me. He was also the doctor who saved my brother from meningitis. My mom thought the world of him. He saved Guisachan Heritage Park from demolition and his daughter wanted a hummingbird garden in the park with a hummingbird in it. “This was another big challenge, pulling the image of a delicate hummingbird from steel and bringing the piece of steel to life. I had to think of an image that would engage the viewer, yet have the structure to support it. “I finally decided to use the beak as the support for the bird and then scaled everything else off the head. “I had to make special tools to build the feathers, and each one is done individually as a blank to get the look I required, before being textured. “To finish it off I added a sculptural element of woven twine and leaves around it.” Left: The Hummingbird, forged and fabricated steel sculpture by Doug Alcock. Location: Guisachan Heritage Park, SE corner of the Cameron Garden, 1060 Cameron Avenue, Kelowna.
Gallery of art work by Okanagan artists