Raising the Tent
Larger than life, three figures. Stratford Ontario. Commissioned by The Stratford Festival.
Raising the Tent was at first, a temporary indicator of fund raising for renovations at the Stratford Festival Theatre. I recreated three figures in bronze for permanent installation in 1997. I presented the standing man as a portrait of theatre carpenter Al Jones. The lower man is Skip Manley, hired for his experience with Barnum and Bailey's circus. He became tent-raising foreman for the Festival's first huge performance tent. The girl was based on Katie Besworth whose parents worked at the Festival.