ARTISTS: Paul Reimer & Michael Hepher
PRODUCED BY: Reimer & Co Blacksmiths
MEDIA: Forged and Fabricated Iron & Stainless Steel Globes
DIMENSIONS: 25′ high x 12′ diameter, 2300 lbs.
LOCATION: Downtown Square of Cranbrook, BC, Canada.
COMMISSIONED BY: Sharron Billey Holdings Ltd.
PROJECT CONCEPT: To create a work of art that provides a visual representation of the meaning of community and every individual’s role within that community. The tree is designed to promote interaction through globes reflecting back images of the viewer. This sculpture has contributed greatly in creating a safer, more family friendly atmosphere in the area. To read the story of the Spirit Tree’s inspiration, click here; Blog – A Tree For Community
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.