March 30, 2011 – Local artist Crystal Pryzbille is just one year away from unveiling a unique commemorative sculpture, thanks in part to a generous gift from Kelowna-based manufacturer FormaShape.
Pryzbille’s creation of a larger than life bronze statue depicting Father Pandosy, commissioned by the Okanagan Historical Society to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of his settlement in Kelowna, was given a leg up when FormaShape agreed to donate the foam armature – the framework around which a sculpture is built – needed to prepare a clay original for casting.
FormaShape was able to craft a full-scale 6’8” armature from Pryzbille’s original 16” clay maquette (scale model) using their 5-Axis CNC Router – the largest of its kind in Western Canada – and the services of Vancouver-based RnD Precision Imaging. Pryzbille will now use the FormaShape armature to create the finished statue of Father Pandosy.
“We were delighted to offer our support to this worthwhile community project,” said FormaShape General Manager Tim Boothman. “While our customers are around the world, our roots are firmly planted in the Okanagan Valley and we were pleased to have a hand in sharing this piece of Kelowna’s history with local residents and visitors alike.”
FormaShape is renowned for industry-leading manufacture of water park attractions for clients such as Disney Cruise Lines, but their plant is also capable of generating highly detailed models like the one made for this heritage project.
Russ Mulder, Mould Shop Manager, said the entire process was smooth, efficient, and very interesting.
“Using a hand held laser scanner, we had a fantastic CAD image from RnD Precision Imaging in just four days and had all the full size pieces cut and assembled from the router a week later. It generated a lot of interest on the shop floor, and we’re really excited to see the finished product next spring.”
“The Okanagan Historical Society is relying entirely on grants and donations for this civic project,” said Pryzbille. “So the support offered by FormaShape was fantastic. In two weeks they converted a miniature maquette into a full size armature that would have otherwise taken a great deal of time, money and materials to complete.”
The sculpture will be gifted to the City of Kelowna Public Art Collection and unveiled at a ceremony in Mission Recreation Park next March.