Sudbury sculptor working on mining project – by Joe O’Grady (Sudbury Star – August 5, 2018)

KIRKLAND LAKE – A $92,000 sculpture immortalizing Kirkland Lake’s mining heritage will be erected at the historic Toburn Mine site.

The Toburn Operating Authority, a not-for-profit organization in charge of the Toburn, has learned it will receive a $46,000 grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage to help fund the legacy project celebrating the Town of Kirkland Lake’s Centennial in 2019.

A Legacy committee led by Toburn vice chair Michael Sutton has been working closely with the Kirkland Lake 100th Anniversary Committee, with plans to erect a life-sized bronze sculpture of an early 20th century prospector with his faithful working dog by his side.

“The artwork will feature symbols evoking the Town’s colourful mining history,” the committee said in a release. “It will be located at Toburn, which was the first operating mine on the ‘Mile of Gold’ in the Kirkland Lake camp, is now a multi-use parkland offering tours and attractions centred on local mining heritage.”

Sutton said the statue will celebrate Kirkland Lake’s illustrious past and its gold mining heritage. “We’re a strong, proud community,” he said. “For years to come, this monument will point to the pioneering spirit that built Kirkland Lake.

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