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Tragically, 179 men and women lost their lives in training mishaps
while posted at the Patricia Bay Air Station, perishing around the
southern tip of Vancouver Island and environs. Aircraft failure
and pilot error resulted in aircraft crashing into Salt Spring Island,
Mill Bay, Whitby Island, Tofino, the Vancouver Island Mountains,
Patricia Bay, Satellite Channel and Active Pass. Most often, crews
were interred together at their crash site, reflecting the pragmatic
reality of war.
In 2015, a request for proposals was issued by the Victoria
International Airport Authority for the development of a memorial
to these 179 service men and women who died while training in and
around what is now the Victoria International Airport. It was seen
as a symbolic way to return these fallen soldiers to their home
base. The proposed location was spectacular: set on the ridge
of "Hospital Hill," the site of the wartime base infirmary, whose
location is now marked by two historic columns. In contemporary
times, this locale has been a gathering spot for the community
as a place for plane spotters, as well as for cyclists passing by on
the new Airport Perimeter Bikeway. It was touching to learn that
this had been a site frequented by military families who gathered
to watch their loved ones' planes embark for and return from
deployment.
As one of two principals of Rusnak Gallant Ltd, a Victoria,
BC-based design/build public art and landscape architecture
firm, my overarching focus is on developing concepts and
communicating these ideas clearly. My strong background in
public art, construction and fabrication enables a pragmatic yet
unrestrained approach to creating art. Artistic integrity, beauty,
and conceptual relevance are essential to my approach. My vision
is defined by these artistic values and becomes intrinsic with the
structural integrity of the proposed work.

I am a Scarborough boy who comes by my fascination with
World War II honestly. Both of my parents were European
post-war diaspora who were a part of the early 1950s
immigration into Canada. My community was shaped by the
ethnicity of the funny sounding last names of our parents,
who were determined to achieve the 1960s North American
middle-class ideals. WWII was very much in my youthful
psyche when I learned all about the European and Asian
theatres of war. I know the minutiae of detail regarding WWII,
which makes me a colossal bore at cocktail parties, but my
immersion in the history of the war made me a perfect fit
for this project and fortunately the selection committee
agreed. I was deeply honoured to be selected as the
designer, and I understood the weight of my responsibility in
commemorating these fallen service people.
The intent of the commemorative memorial sculpture was to
acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices these men and
women made in the service of our country. My submission
was focused on an integrated approach: it presented a
sculptural memorial framed by a ceremonial landscape that
would tie-in with new and existing community activities. My
response to the RFP was to develop a formal, contemplative
and reflective place for those wishing to honour the 179
military personnel based at the Patricia Bay Air Station who
lost their lives during the period from 1941 to 1945.
The central feature of this memorial is a stand of 25 Cooper's
Hawk feathers standing erect in an ordered military matrix
reminiscent of Canada's national war graves in Europe. A
random pattern of missing elements in the matrix represents
the loss of the flight crews based at the Patricia Bay Air Field.

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To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
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