After Rome to hibernate over the winter months

Sculpture stood at corner of Victoria Street and Second Avenue and will be relocated in the spring as plaza is renovated

Though you wouldn’t usually expect to find a sculpture in motion, that’s exactly what happened this week when Canadian artist Peter Hide’s After Rome was moved from its location at the northeast intersection of Victoria Street and Second Avenue in downtown Kamloops.

According to Charo Neville, curator at the Kamloops Art Gallery, the work will be stored temporarily by the city before returning outside next spring, though where its new home will be is still to be decided.

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“We still have work to do with the artist on finding the final location,” Neville said. “We’re probably looking at the spring for the final reinstall.”

Neville said that while staff don’t know exactly where the piece is moving to, they are planning an official launch and unveiling when the final location is decided.

The reason for the move is to make way for renovations to the plaza at the former Bank of Montreal Building that will be taking place over the next few months.

5L Commercial Limited of Kelowna purchased the building last year from Jim Thomson for $13 million.

Neville said After Rome is an important work for Kamloops as it is a strong representation of the high-modernist movement in Western Canada. It was acquired as cultural property and added to the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection in 2011.

After Rome will continue to be shared publicly as part of the city’s outdoor public art program.

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