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Paul Epp
3m high x 12m wide (10'h x 40'w)
White pine
Canada Games Complex, 420 Winnipeg Avenue

In 1981 Thunder Bay hosted the Canada Summer Games. To enhance the quality of life for Thunder Bay residents and to accommodate the Games, a variety of infrastructure improvements were begun. One of these new facilities, the Canada Games Complex, was originally built to accommodate the aquatic events and has since become the primary provider of aquatic and fitness activities in the City.

During the Games a national competition was held to assemble various works of art for adjudication and display at the Canada Games Complex. The result was the donation of fifty-eight works of art by Creative Canada, some of which can still be viewed at the Complex. Cambridge-based artist Paul Epp's sculptureVertere won the Outdoor Wooden Sculpture Competition and was installed outside the Complex's main entrance.

The twisting, turning forms of the wooden beams of Vertere embody the motion, flexibility and strength of competitive athletes. It remains one of the most recognizable and earliest examples of public art in the City.

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