This morning Premier Gordon Campbell, author and artist Douglas Coupland, and Terry’s parents gathered to unveil Coupland’s design for the new Terry Fox Memorial at BC Place.
â€œIn creating this piece, I wanted to ensure we captured the very essence of what Terryâ€™s run was all about,â€ said Coupland at this morning’s press conference. â€œBy creating four sculptures depicting the four distinct movements that made up his unusual gait, the aim was to help people understand the pain and suffering he endured to reach his goal. For those of us who actually remember seeing his run on the nightly news 30 years ago, the four sculptures will always remind us of the commitment he made, and his unwavering courage.â€
â€œDoug Coupland has always been willing to call on his writing and artistic talents on our behalf to help ensure future generations have an appreciation for Terryâ€™s efforts,â€ added Betty and Rolly Fox, Terryâ€™s mother and father. â€œWe were confident, based on Dougâ€™s considerable knowledge of Terryâ€™s story and his enthusiasm, that he would capture Terryâ€™s values of courage, hope and determination, and heâ€™s certainly done that in this new memorial.â€
Located at the foot of Robson Street the new bronze memorial (that has Terry running West, growing in size) will be complete in the fall in line with BC Place’s grand re-opening. “The work by acclaimed author Coupland is part of B.C. Pavilion Corporationâ€™s $380,000 replacement of the 1984-installed, Roman-inspired triumphal arch.” [Bob Mackin, 24 Hours]
Learn more about the Terry Fox Research Institute and the Terry Fox Foundation online.