–With notes from Rosanne Day
A small group of dedicated volunteers are working hard on getting an Officer Appreciation Statue erected at the District of Sooke. While most of the work is being behind the scenes, progress has been made and the team will meet in early January to put strategies in place which will see this goal met as soon as possible.
“The idea for this statue came from disrespectful graffiti and we wanted to honor law enforcement officers and show respect,” says Rosanne Day, the project lead. This is predominantly privately-funded initiative uses the small-amounts-from-many approach. “This statue is more about showing appreciation than money, so we are trying to raise it by a lot of small donations. We are asking for $1.00 or more from as many people as possible.”
The group is also filling books with private messages and art from the public, which will be presented to law enforcement officers as a card at the time of the statue’s unveiling. Everyone is invited to write nice comments or draw for free.
When the statue was initiated, a lot of research went into finding the best product to meet the needs. The organizers felt that the final statue should be permanent and indestructible.
You will likely have already seen the work of local bronze sculptor, Nathan Scott, in Sidney, Victoria and beyond. When Scott’s name is on a statue, structural integrity is a major consideration. His statues will not push over, be bent, or have their arms broken off; they stand the test of time. As his site indicates, it will come with a 10,000 year warranty. The price of $78,000.00 is actually a bargain as there are very few artists in Canada with their own foundry, and Scott’s work usually runs in the $90,000.00 range.
It will take over six months after the order is placed to get the statue constructed. Scott will be using the “Lost Wax Method” of casting to get the finest detail and produce the very best quality. Sculpting will take 2½ months, making the mold will take another couple of weeks, and all of this will be followed by a seven-step casting process.
Anyone wishing to help with this project is invited to send a cheque or money order payable to The District of Sooke, with “statue” noted on the memo line, to the District of Sooke, 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 1J2. Receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. You can contribute through the GoFundMe page “Officer Appreciation Sooke.”
To keep current with the status of this project, join their Facebook page”Officer Appreciation Statue.”