Legacy Community Wood Mural Project

Title Legacy Community Wood Mural Project
Artist Tammy Thompson
Master Carver Doug Morrison
Carvers Community of Pitt Meadows Residents
Medium Wood Carving
Location Pitt Meadows Recreation Centre
Year Installed 2006
Funded By Donation (Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council)                         

The carving in the Pitt Meadows Rec Centre was produced by the Ridge Meadows Arts Council in partnership with the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and supported by School District 42, Ridge Meadows Parks and Leisure, The Maple Ridge News, the Maple Ridge Times, Reimer Hardwoods, and Alder Bay Boatworks. This legacy project brought together generations of community members to create a carved wooden mural reflecting the spirit and heritage of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. 

A community workshop invited all members of the community to have a say in what ideas and images should be included in the mural. Artist Tammy MacIver worked with the community’s ideas to create three individual designs which unite to form the mural. 

Carving sessions took place in the Tech Lab at Pitt Meadows Senior Secondary beginning in November, 2005. On Wednesdays from 1-2 pm more than 50 grade 8 wood shop students had a chance to try their hand at relief carving. After school sessions allowed students, teachers and members of the community at large an opportunity to be involved in the carving. After school sessions and a Monday evening session were open to the entire community. Seniors from the Ridge Meadows Senior Society helped with the carving and with supervising the carving sessions. 

Doug Morrison acted as master carver on the project, ably assisted by mentor carvers Ian Horwood, Sid Boudreau, Zarko Todorovic, and Kory Borgen. Parks and Leisure Services assembled the finished carvings and mounted them for permanent display in the Pitt Meadows Family Rec Centre in early 2006. Filio Scott of the Arts Council was the project coordinator and funding was provided by a grant from HRDC ( Human Resources Development Canada) “New Horizons for Seniors Program”.