A Hardy Town

A Hardy Town

ARTISTS:    Paul Reimer  &  Michael Hepher

YEAR:          2018

PRODUCED BY:    Reimer & Co Blacksmiths

MEDIA:    Hand-Forged and Fabricated Iron  &  Stone

DIMENSIONS:    10′ high x 10′ x 6′

LOCATION:         The Arts Station, Fernie, British Columbia

PROJECT CONCEPT:   This sculpture commemorates the 1908 fire that devastated the city and celebrates the resiliency of the people who rebuilt the community.  “This piece uses the idea of leaning forward.  Philosophically, the leaning carries forward the metaphor of people depending on one another for support, their lives interlocking.”


My journey to becoming an artist is the subject of two recently released short films:

Reimer Reason” was selected as a finalist in the Dirtbag Film Festival in Kimberley, BC (April 2019).  This was put together by two very talented local film makers – Levi Froese and Jeremy Friesen – better known as Leroy and The Bean.

Forging Ahead” tells the story of how, at the age of 15, I began my career as a blacksmith.  It was shot by Cranbrook’s local cable tv station.

A Hardy Town
Fernie after the 1908 fire.