Sunday, May 15, 2016

Inverness...team building!

Contest up-date: Lord Stanley's Gift

I have been informed that our proposed monument for Sparks Street in Ottawa, preliminary sketch below, was not chosen as one of the eight moving forward. It was an honour to have participated. We are disappointed, of course, but pleased with our effort.



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La Fonderie D'art d'Inverness
It was great fun to be back in Montreal for a few days at the end of April.

I was in the process of developing a proposal and building a strong project team with which to enter the Lord Stanley's gift Competition. The colleagues I wanted to be on that team all live in Quebec.

I flew in, met up with two team members, Sabina and Louise, in Montreal and we headed out for a bit of a drive, to visit the foundry that does all my bronze casting and patina work. The contest requirement, that one of the team members be an architect, would be filled admirably by Sabina and the relationship and project management skills of Louise would not only strengthen our effectiveness but help free me to concentrate on sculpting. Emmanuel, the fourth member of the team, the Director of the Foundrie D'art d'Inverness in Inverness, which is located just outside Quebec City, would already be there and having the foundry in his blood, would be indispensable for costing. casting, and enlargement. It was Emmanuel who advised me of the contest by sending me the contest details in March.

Since the hockey sweater is a key element of my proposed concept I asked each team member to bring a hockey sweater for the photo op; without specifying which team sweater they should bring. I was more than pleased with the spontaneous outcome. Hockey sweaters have a magical way of unifying people no matter how diverse the people are.

Although Louise, Sabina and I had communicated on a number of occasions by email and telephone regarding the project and the willingness of each person to be a part of the team, it was great to have the drive to Inverness and back to more fully discuss what would be involved and the time commitment required.

While I was at the foundry I made time to talk about the enlargement process, from maquette scale to monument scale, and also about some basic costing with Emmanuel, so I could measure these elements against the concept I had swirling around in my head.

The visit to Inverness was a great opportunity for Louise and Sabina to tour the foundry and acquire experience with the rather complicated steps involved in the bronze casting process, gain an appreciation of the length of time required to complete each step, and interface with the very capable artisans who work there. And, of course for Louise, Sabina and I  to reconnect as colleagues, having worked together at Future Strategy International for so many years.

The day at the foundry with the whole team showed the great chemistry we have together and confirmed everyone's commitment. So, with the proposal completed and submitted this week and our team ready to take on the challenge, all we can do is hope the presentation submitted was strong enough to carry us on to Phase 2. We will know the outcome on June 3rd.