The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture says Rusty the horse is going to become a permanent resident of Columbia Ave.
A fundraising campaign launched this month raised the additional $3,000 the arts council needed to finalize the purchase of the metal horse sculpture — in under a week.
“We were overwhelmed with the response to our fundraising initiative,” explains Andy Stradling from the arts council.
“Rosslanders clearly appreciate works of art and sculpture in our downtown core and wanted to give Rusty a permanent home there alongside Olaus, the Bears, and the Ravens.”
The arts council thanks all those who contributed generously to the fundraising campaign, with special thanks to major donors Jeff and Esther Clark. The arts council made special mention of the very generous gift of Betty Anne and Jock Mackay.
Their donation honours the memory of their son Ian Scott Mackay, a resident of Rossland, who died in a tragic accident bombing a forest fire in the East Kootenay in 2003.
Late-arriving contributions to the Rusty project along with any further donations from the community will be held in the arts council’s account for future projects related to sculpture in Rossland.
The arts council is now in the process of planning to relocate Rusty to a new location on the corner of Queen St. and Columbia Ave. where he can continue to attract the attention of visitors and win the hearts of Rosslanders for many years to come.