Colorado based sculptor, Jason Dreweck, is proposing a 16 feet tall, by 30 feet wide, by nine feet deep sculpture honoring Burton Snowboards to be constructed in Londonberry, Vermont according to The Brattleboro Reformer. Londonberry is home to Jake Burton Carpenter’s first snowboard factory. The proposed site for the sculpture will sit on the former site of the Burton snowboard factory, which burned down years ago.
Londonberry resident, Mimi Wright, was one of Carpenter’s first three employees and actually helped design Burton’s iconic logo. She had this to say about the project:
“It’s in honor of something important that happened here but also emphasizes the struggle all small businesses had and had to persevere to make things work. For Jake, it was an uphill battle to go downhill. It wasn’t easy for him. I think the piece is just beautiful. It was easy for me to get involved.”
Dreweck is working with The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society in a campaign to raise the $1.3 million needed for construction and said Bromley Mountain, Magic Mountain, Stratton Mountain Resort and Ross Powers have been key supporters:
“We have experienced unanimous decisions in favor of our efforts every step of the way. We have secured the installation site and are striving to have the installation/unveiling/dedication celebration in December 2017 to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of snowboarding.”
Currently the sculpture only exists in model form (25″ H x 48″ W x 14.5″ D) and can be purchased on his website . Best of luck to Dreweck and the town of Londonberry in their pursuit of honoring one of the forefathers of snowboarding. To contribute go HERE.
If you have ever found yourself in Muskegon, Michigan you might have noticed another one of Dreweck’s pieces honoring the snowboarding history featured prominently in the center of town.