MacDonald Island Park seeking community input with name for new arts project

(Fort McMurray, September 9, 2013) – MacDonald Island Park is calling on the community to help name a new project that will include the installation of 30 fox sculptures at MacDonald Island, and an accompanying two-year arts program for elementary, junior high, and high school students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

The project, inspired by arts projects featuring animal sculptures painted by artists and children, celebrates the region’s history and culture through the red fox, a creature that has become synonymous with northern life and MacDonald Island.

Two bronze fox statues by commissioned Alberta artist Don Begg form the basis of an arts installation that will eventually include 28 fibreglass foxes painted by regional artists and students from Wood Buffalo schools. During the two-year arts program students from around the region will also participate in workshops designed to explore art, history, and mythology, using the fox as inspiration.

“This remarkable project is creating tremendous excitement for all those involved,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Recreation Corporation. “We want the community to join in the excitement by assisting us in giving the project a name. We hope to find a name that reflects the history of this region, the diversity of our community, and our strong ties to First Nations cultures.”

Community members can suggest names for the project by visiting to submit potential project names. Suggestions will be accepted until September 30. A jury comprised of two MacDonald Island Park employees and two community members will undertake the selection process, with the official name of the new project to be revealed at the annual State of the Island gala on October 19. 

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