What is one word you would use to describe Penticton?
That’s what the city is asking its residents in order to create a list of words to be included in its next sculpture installation. According to a release, the city and Valley First have selected Helping Hand by David Jacob Harder for a permanent spot for the scultpture in front of the branch at 184 Main St.
|An approximation of what Helping Hand, designed by David Jacob Harder, will look like once it’s installed in front of Penticton’s Valley First location at 184 Main St. Image from www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca|
“The sculpture will feature words that convey the spirit of community in Penticton etched on the exterior,” states the release. “Mr. Harder’s submission was set apart from other proposals by the opportunity for the community to get involved in the sculpture.”
Resident who wish to provide suggestions can do so by filling in the blank “My Penticton is …” at www.shapeyourcitypenticton.ca. Suggestions will be accepted online until March 31, or residents can attend one of the public events around the city on March 29 to meet the artist and deliver their entries in-person.
Once the deadline is reached, a shortlist of accepted words will be created for residents to vote on. According to the release, the final list will be translated into nsyilxcən (Syilx Okanagan) in collaboration with the Enowkin Centre, as well as some of the languages commonly spoken in Penticton in collaboration with the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Society (SOICS).
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Jordyn Thomson | Reporter
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