Title: Sir William Stephenson
Medium: Copper, brass, steel, silver
Size: 6’x 8’
This is a commissioned work, which hangs on the lobby walls of a Durham school, as a tribute to Sir William Stephenson. Sir William, also known as Intrepid, was a Canadian war hero who was partly responsible for shortening W.W.II thanks to his undercover work with British Intelligence.
To add to this theme, Camp X, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario between Whitby and Oshawa, was an important W.W.II paramilitary and commando training installation. The area is known today as Intrepid Park. The school wanted to pay homage to both these historically significant contributions to the War effort. My idea of cross roads was quickly adopted into the design to symbolize Sir William’s vision for the future. Furthermore, to link these historical achievements to today’s hopes and aspirations, each arm of the crossroads is a giant “A” for the four main goals in education, Academics, Arts, Athletics and Attitude.
It was a real honour to be asked to design and construct this work. As they say, a good design is half the battle! 2004 (Public Commission)