Meet Revelstoke’s newest sculpture: Carbon Key

Councillor hopes the newest public art piece reconnects residents through outdoor spaces

Carbon Key is Revelstoke's newest sculpture, located in front of Revelstoke City Hall on Mackenzie Avenue. Photo: Contributed

A new hand-painted, steel sculpture is being installed this week outside City Hall on Mackenzie Avenue.

“Carbon Key” was created by Nakusp artist Kate Tupper and will be on display for one year. 

Standing at approximately eight feet tall, the sculpture showcases a wide range of muted colours and intricate details. It was selected by the Public Art Committee from the 2020 Castlegar Sculpture Walk.

The Castlegar event has grown in popularity, posing new challenges to municipalities.

Metal artist Kate Tupper at work. Photo: contributed

“The process of acquiring a piece of public art from the Castlegar Sculpture Walk is proving to be a competitive process as more and more municipalities are participating in this program,” explained Laurie Donato, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture. 

Councillor Nicole Cherlet stated that Carbon Key aims to be, “a great conversation piece as we reconnect with each other in our local outdoor spaces.”

The artist of the sculpture is familiar with Revelstoke’s art community. Tupper’s Heavenly Bodies project premiered at the 2017 Luna Festival, and was later featured at Calgary’s Beakerhead festival and Nuit Blanche Winnnipeg. 

Since 2019, Tupper has redirected her focus to smaller, more intricate pieces through her new body of work, Dynamis.

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To learn more about Tupper’s career and inspirations, check out our Q&A with the artist below in this feature from Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

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