The Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) has a new art piece in their bike park paying homage to Fernie and the valley in which it sits.
The work was completed by local artist Joey Kosolofski (Joey Koz Art), and is on a wall-ride on the Bin Logdin bike trail underneath the Timber chair.
In graffiti style, it reads ‘Fernie’ in yellow, with a pink swirling sky and a green, lush, forested rocky valley below.
“(It’s) our main feature art in the bike park,” said Karen Pepper of FAR.
Kosolofski is a long term staff member with FAR and has done a few other projects for the resort, like a mural at their day lodge, painting a portable outdoor bar, and designing staff t-shirts, Pepper said.
Kosolofski said he rides the chairs daily for work in the winter and they figured it was time for a touch up.
He got the go ahead to paint just in time for the Fernie Dunbar Summer Series Canada Cup / BC Cup Donwhill Mountain Bike Race, which took place at FAR the weekend of July 16.
“Public art can mean so much to different people,” Kosolofski said.
“I love the fact I can put my creativeness on a public space that people can enjoy, even if it is for only ten seconds while flying by on the Timber heading for some turns.”
Pepper said the wall-ride was painted several years ago and that they are ‘super happy’ about the recent refresh.
“We love the design, it’s vibrant and bright,” she said.
“Its a great thing for people to take photos of when they’re riding.”