The Father Pandosy Mission 150th Anniversary Commemorative Sculpture was unveiled on May 26th, 2012. The sculpture stands at the Father Pandosy Heritage Site in Kelowna, BC.
2010 marked the official 150th Anniversary of the establishment of the Father Pandosy Mission, the first Euro-Canadian settlement in the Okanagan Valley. The Mission attracted many settlers to the area, and set the cornerstone for the City of Kelowna as we know it today.
To lastingly commemorate this significant, local anniversary, the Okanagan Historical Society supported local artist Crystal Przybille's vision to create a public, life-sized, bronze sculpture of Father Charles Pandosy. The sculpture was acquired into the City of Kelowna's Public Art Collection, and installed at the Father Pandosy Mission Heritage Site, in Kelowna BC.
The Father Pandosy Mission 150th Anniversary Commemorative Sculpture will stand for generations to publicly inspire awareness and contemplation regarding Okanagan Valley history, both of Euro-Canadian and Okanagan First Nation/Syilx. It will enhance a sense of local identity, and encourage us to consider how circumstances in our Valley came to be so.
20 limited-edition, artist-signed, bronze-cast maquettes are being sold for $5000 each (tax inclusive).