Wednesday • June 6, 2018
A Hardy Town, a sculpture created by artists, Michael Hepher and Paul Reimer was officially unveiled to the public outside Fernie Arts Station on the 1st June 2018.
The sculpture was inspired by the legacy of the 1908 fire. The Great Fire of 1908 was a dramatic, defining moment for Fernie that saw the community obliterated by fire in less than 90 minutes on August 1st, 1908. The fire claimed no lives, but the property loss was valued at over $5 million dollars, a staggering amount at the time
A total of $50,000 in funding was received for the project through a joint application between the City of Fernie and the Fernie Museum to the BC Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada Grant Program. The grant required $10,000 of matched funds from the city, which was allocated from the Station Square Redevelopment Project, funded by the Resort Municipality Initiative.
The sculpture will be permanently installed at The Arts Station.