The Legacy of 'Legacy': A Launch that Inspired a Thousand Kids

“It’s got that WOW factor,” said Orangeville Mayor, Jeremy Williams, before officially launching Ken Hall’s Legacy in the Alder Street Recreation Center.

Legacy is an anatomically correct whale skeleton made entirely out of reclaimed cedar. Inspired by the story of Hope, a whale that washed ashore on the West Coast in 2002 and had the highest levels of contaminants ever recorded in a marine mammal, Ken Hall says that Legacy, “asks us to think about our fragile ecosystem.”

Legacy at alder

The sculpture now hangs over the lobby of the Alder Street Recreation Center, and, as Mayor Williams said, you can see the awe on children’s faces as they look up at the skeleton. That children are so captivated by Legacy is fitting, as the whale has another legacy that its creator did not expect: it is the inspiration for this year’s DAREarts cards.

For the past two months, over 1000 students from 13 schools in the Headwaters area have been drawing their own whale inspired DAREarts cards. The results are stunning. Take a look!

Catherine-Z Emma-K Jessie-Y Meegan-L





Proceeds from the sale of these cards go towards supporting DAREarts programs in First Nations communities. You can order yours now!

Members from all three levels of government helped us to launch Legacy in Orangeville. In addition to Mayor Williams, Dufferin-Caledon MP, David Tilson, MPP Dufferin-Caledon, Sylvia Jones, and DAREarts Founder and President, Marilyn Field, were there to cut the ribbon beneath Legacy. Attendees were also treated to an impromptu speech by 10-year-old DAREarts Card spokesperson, Olivia, who confidently and eloquently described how Legacy and DAREarts inspired her.

Legacy Olivia

See Olivia here as well:

Thank you to the local branches of TD Canada Trust, Bryan’s Fuel, the town of Orangeville, the Alder Street Recreation Center and our other gift donors for making this event possible. Together we’ve already raised $6,500, and with your continued support, we know that we will reach our $16,000 goal.

Marilyn, Ken, Michelle, Olivia, James

Many thanks to Ed Roman for providing live music throughout the night, and Pat Burns-Wendland for fashioning the beautiful fabric that hangs above Legacy. Special thanks must be made to Ken Hall, whose two years of work on Legacy has inspired so many of our kids to think about ecology and their responsibility to help others.

Legacy Ribbon Cutting

With Legacy set to continue its nationwide tour in March, Mayor Williams finished his speech by saying, “We don’t want it to leave!” Luckily, with thousands of local students visiting the sculpture and making DAREarts cards into March, 2015, the legacy of Legacy will remain in Orangeville and the surrounding community for some time to come.

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