Nobody could have asked for a more beautiful afternoon, the sun was shining, the leaves on the point still had their fall colour and a gathering of people from all over had come together to pay tribute to one of Canada’s living musical legends Gordon Lightfoot. The occasion was the unveiling of a 13-foot-high bronze sculpture titled “Golden Leaves — A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot”, the sculpture was crafted by world renowned artist Timothy P. Schmalz.
As the audience grew I could almost imagine them starting to chant “Gord” “Gord” “Gord” “Gord”, then the man himself made his through the crowd; he took a seat and listened to a few speeches from local politicians including the Mayor of Orillia Steve Clarke,Christopher Bratty, of the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation (they paid for the whole thing), and the artist himself Timothy P. Schmalz.
After the speeches were finished it was time for the unveiling, as the tarp dropped and Gord walked up to it you could see him checking it all out, you could see the amazement in his face, he was happy with it. You can find the sculpture out at Tudhope Park in Orillia, it’s right at Barnfield Point (you can’t miss it).
*Golden Leaves – A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot is the principal sculpture of a series that will continue along the Lightfoot Trail and other symbolic locations across North America.
The Oct. 23 unveiling of Golden Leaves marks the first phase of the project. Accompanying the “Gord’s Gold” central sculpture is a single maple leaf sculpture depicting the song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, the first leaf sculpture to grace both the Lightfoot Trail and beyond. The second leaf cast will be unveiled Nov. 10, 2015, to mark the 40th anniversary of the shipwreck and will be permanently installed at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on White Fish Bay, Michigan.
- from the City of Orillia