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2005: October 2006 - The Picker

The Picker by Dan Irvine, is one of four marble sculptures to be commissioned by the Public Art Commission to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the incorporation of Lake Country in 1995. Problems with transporting the marble from the quarry to Swalwell Park where the sculptures were carved, delayed the work until the summer of 2006.

Dan Irvine, a sculptor from Vernon, carved the work in accordance with the theme of celebrating the tree fruit industry. On the front is a figure picking fruit representing the fruit production. The back has bas-relief carvings of a paddle wheeler and a barge representing transporting the fruit. There are also carvings of orchards and packinghouses surrounding the main themes. Irvine worked with the natural cracks in the marble to create his work.

The sculpture is installed at Okanagan Centre Park (home of the Lake Country Museum) in Lake Country.

Photos by Steve Kidd.