ARTIST: Paul Reimer
PRODUCED BY: Reimer & Co Blacksmiths
MEDIA: Hand-Forged Iron & Stone
DIMENSIONS: 68″ high x 48″ x 30″
PROJECT CONCEPT: A hand-forged contemporary impressionist tree sculpture incorporated into a stone bench. It represents the strength and resiliency of nature and its dogged determination to survive in spite of great adversity. The image of nature growing and thriving in spite of hardship gives a feeling of emotional fortitude, which is reinforced through the use of iron and stone. This memorial artwork symbolizes the strength we can gain from connecting to nature and to each other.
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.