Landscape & Sculpture I The Landscape on Foot - Stelco’s Cabin 1983

How do you claim space?

Viking-like, in stormy bluster? As interloper, furtive and wary, cringed against discovery? Or as a settler, for many we are, mindful of our hosts here in the lands of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot and Tsuut’ina Nations? Do you kneel, abject beneath the weight of history’s dark booty, holding out your naked heart in quiet gesture of atonement? Having no title, are you yet certain of stride and purpose? Do you stake your claim in flame-cut steel, demanding vista and dominion? Or like the wolf, do you plant your scent and fill the air with exuberant chorus at times…all the while as you study every sign for boundary, presence and history. Are you the invited, or “plus one”? Do you name your baby girl Stelco? So that people will ask, not quite hearing, “Her name is Stella?” So that you will say, “No. Stelco. Strong as steel.” And proudly, she will say, years later, “Forged by fire.” Thus claiming space. Just try to build a world without her.

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Landscape & Sculpture
The Landscape on Foot - Stelco’s Cabin 1983

How do you claim space?

Viking-like, in stormy bluster? As interloper, furtive and wary, cringed against discovery? Or as a settler, for many we are, mindful of our hosts here in the lands of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot and Tsuut’ina Nations? Do you kneel, abject beneath the weight of history’s dark booty, holding out your naked heart in quiet gesture of atonement? Having no title, are you yet certain of stride and purpose? Do you stake your claim in flame-cut steel, demanding vista and dominion? Or like the wolf, do you plant your scent and fill the air with exuberant chorus at times…all the while as you study every sign for boundary, presence and history. Are you the invited, or “plus one”? Do you name your baby girl Stelco? So that people will ask, not quite hearing, “Her name is Stella?” So that you will say, “No. Stelco. Strong as steel.” And proudly, she will say, years later, “Forged by fire.” Thus claiming space. Just try to build a world without her.

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120 Stelco's Cabin 1983

122 Stelco's Cabin 1983