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"Lookout" showcases a vigilant Vancouver Island Marmot stationed on a rocky column, poised to face any situation. Thanks to the efforts of the Marmot Recovery Foundation, these delightful creatures are experiencing a resurgence after being declared extinct in BC in the 1980s. From their website:
"The Vancouver Island Marmot is a remarkable animal. It is endemic to Canada - one of only a small handful of mammals to occur in this country and nowhere else. Unfortunately, it is also Critically Endangered. In 2004, fewer than 30 remained in the wild. Recovery efforts by the Foundation and our partners have been restoring the population."
Learn what you can do at www.marmots.org.
"Lookout" was created using the lost wax method of bronze sculpture. The artist originally modelled the piece in oil clay, created molds in silicone rubber and plaster, then cast him in wax. These wax positives were delivered to Burton Bronze foundry on Salt Spring Island, BC where fireproof molds were created and the bronze was poured. The raw bronze casts were then returned to the artist where they were welded back together, cleaned (chased), and coloured using a hot patina process to embed the piece with the rich tones you see.