Almost 20 years after Laura Brown Breetvelt was commissioned by Elliot Lake to design and produce the Miner’s Monument, the city is gearing up to install the final statue in the installation.
In a special session held on June 15, City Council approved a payment of $27,000 to Beamish Construction to install the statue at the site located on Highway 108 beside Horne Lake.
The final piece in what the Merrickville, Ont.-based sculptor calls “a trilogy” is a full-sized metal statue of a uranium prospector that pays homage to Elliot Lake’s former role as Canada’s uranium mining capital.
“It’s definitely bittersweet,” said Brown Breetvelt, who started work on the project back in 2003.
“I am very excited to have the last of the trilogy completed and I think the city will be very happy to see the balance in the whole park as I initially envisioned it.”