Before he joined Rush, Neil Peart spent a lot of time growing up in St. Catharines, Ontario. A few years back, a project was announced to commission a Pear memorial in Lakeside Park, a place where young Neil hung out and the inspiration for the Rush song of the same name. We now know who will create this memorial.
The Neil Peart Commemorative Task Force has selected artist Morgan MacDonald of The Newfoundland Bronze Foundry (Morgan Sculpture Inc.) to create the memorial in Peart’s honour alongside the Neil Peart Pavilion in Lakeside Park
This is pretty impressive. One sculpture will be 12 feet tall showing Peart as he was in the 1970s, holding a book at some drumsticks and a book.
A second will feature an older Peart. That sculpture will hold a piece of his drumkit and offering a set of drumsticks to someone.
Sabian Cymbals has agreed to offer up some of Neil’s old cymbals from over the years. They will be melted down and incorporated into the sculptures. Pathways will surround the memorial, complete with seating areas.
Total cost? About $1 million, all from a fundraising drive. More details to come.