Thursday, June 25, 2015

Artist's Rendering

Georgina's Bench

That is not a bench but we love it!

Artist's Statement, Gord Peteran

Georgina’s Bench

One empty chair.

This sculpture is designed to celebrate a life lived, while at 
the same time speak of a significant loss.  Made entirely of 
bronze, it consists of a solitary chair and table attached to a 
circular "pool" base replicating the surface of a pond 
complete with ripples  as if from a light rain. The horizontal 
surfaces of the table and the surface of the chair will 
duplicate the water pattern of the base. Ripples will  
emanate from the furniture’s points of contact, extending 
the theme of the artwork and  reminding us of the 
repercussions of life and the continuous rings of influence we each have. 
In order to imply youth, these objects will be 
slightly reduced in scale. One leg of the chair steps beyond 
the edge of the circle, perhaps about to leave, reminding us of Georgina's absence and 
the uncertainty of life’s journey. On the surface of the table will be placed a single cup,or bowl, suggesting a moment interrupted.
In order to cast such a large bronze base, (almost 6') it will be divided into four 
quadrants, resulting in a subtle cross, of sorts, which I feel is an  appropriate detail. Over time, the Bronze will patina to a bluegreen colour. Ideally a garden of some sort could encompass this artwork, further activating this area as a source of renewal, a 
gathering area and a play area  for children, . . away from 
the street, . . and will  provide an energizing focal point on the lawn of St. Margaret’s.

Caring Family and Friends –

It is time to start fundraising for Georgina’s Bench – which isn’t a bench.

I wanted the campaign to be flawless, perfect, funny, poignant, heart wrenching, colour perfect, font impeccable, causing all who read it to throw open their wallets while wiping away tears.

This is not going to happen.

Gord Peteran, the artist, had an inspiration and moved much faster then we had ever imagined.

So with no time to wait we are asking for money.

Head over to to see the rendering of the bench, along with the Artist’s Statement.

Georgina’s Bench will be placed in the garden of St. Margaret’s, New Toronto, our family church.

You can donate directly through and receive a tax receipt.

Put Georgina’s Bench in the notes.

Mail your cheque to

St. Margaret’s
156 Sixth St, Toronto, ON,   M8V 3A5

Make the cheque out to St. Margaret’s and put Georgina’s Bench in the Memo line.