Many have been concerned about the fate of Vancouver’s only memorial for Terry Fox on Beatty and Robson as BC Place undergoes a massive renovation. However PavCo, the operators of BC Place and coordinators of the stadium and plaza’s revitalization, has just announced that they have commissioned local author and artist Douglas Coupland to create a new Terry Fox memorial.
Terry Fox Plaza is slated for renovation as part of the current revitalization of BC Place and surrounding grounds, and the existing memorial must be removed as part of the upgrade to the plaza. Both PavCo and the Fox family have agreed that removal of the current memorial provides an opportunity to replace it with a new and lasting commemoration of Terry Foxâ€™s â€œMarathon of Hopeâ€. Coupland, who wrote the 2005 fundraiser tribute book â€œTerryâ€, was retained by PavCo to create the new memorial in consultation with the Fox family.
Coupland’s latest piece of public art is the “Digital Orca” at the Vancouver Convention Centre. In 2005 he published â€œTerryâ€, a tribute book in collaboration with the Terry Fox Foundation.