A 16 month business has finally blossomed for a local artist commissioned from Victoria.
Deborah Wilson lived and worked in Vernon as a jade artist for many years. His latest work is the completion and installation of a monumental jade sculpture for Victoria’s new residential/commercial complex called the Wade.
“Installation of Lotus Unfolding was scheduled to take place eight months prior to completion of the complex,” Wilson said. “The project took 16 months, from purchasing the jade rock weighing 950 pounds to the final polishing stages where it is estimated at 750 pounds.”
The public now has access to view the jade lotus found in the spacious courtyard between the north and south buildings between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 1105 Pandora Ave.
This nephrite jade boulder was quarried in the Provencher Valley of northern British Columbia, where Wilson was once a guest in the 1980s.
His long-term goal has been to support commissions like this and encourage the use of this magnificent stone for public art or strata venues in our Canadian cities.
“Known for its striking greens, Nephrite Jade is said to be the toughest stone on the planet due to its interlocking fibers, making it a perfect choice for a developer looking for that special piece in a yard or a home,” Wilson said.
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