The City of St. Catharines, Ontario, will honor Neil Peart by installing a pair of bronze statues of the late Rush drummer at Lakeside Park.
The city’s Neil Peart Commemorative Task Force has selected artist Morgan MacDonald of The Newfoundland Bronze Foundry to create the memorial alongside the Neil Peart Pavilion in Lakeside Park – a place that inspired the lyrics for the famous 1975 Rush single of the same name.
“Our monument and site design concepts are the results of an extensive personality interpretation and expression exercise that ensures meaningful relevance to people, place and legacy,” said MacDonald, the sculptor.
The larger-than-life-sized bronze sculptures will be connected by a pathway offering experiential and interpretive features providing insight into Peart’s personal and professional legacies, including his time with the band.
One sculpture, standing about 12 feet tall, will feature Peart as a young artist and poet circa the 1970s, holding a book and drumsticks, surrounded by sculptural elements bridging his entry to the band. The second will feature Peart in his later years, holding a small piece of his drum kit and offering his drumsticks to visitors.
The task force will raise a $1 million fund for the project. Donations can be made towards the memorial project online at www.stcatharines.ca/neilpeart.
(Photo: The Newfoundland Bronze Foundry)
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