"Ben McCarl is a sculptor who carves stones such as soapstone, alabaster and clay for display inside homes. He decided to try his hand at carving a larger sculpture for public display and chose to donate his first to GYMC."
"Why GYMC? Many years ago at his daughter’s piano recital he fell in love with the architecture and mission of the GYMC. Through conversations
with Brenda Gibson, this focal location on the stairway was selected for the
sculpture, a female form jumping up in the air with hands above head in
celebration. This inspired the name for the new sculpture, Celebration.
"Natural stones this large are very heavy so he opted to try something new called Winterstone for this project. It consists of a metal frame covered with foam which is carved into shape and covered with wire mesh then coated with tinted Winterstone and sealed. You can see the progress and read about
Ben’s thoughts, successes and difficulties along the way by visiting the blog on his website www.benmccarl.com. He actually made a smaller version of
Celebration first to test his plans and learn how to work with Winterstone. She has joined the multitude of other sculptures adorning Ben’s home."
"Ben enjoyed creating this sculpture for public display so much that he intends to make many more. Now that he has
experience with Winterstone, a host of ideas of varying complexity, size and colour are brewing in his head. We
at the GYMC are thrilled and honoured that he chose us for the first in this series."