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The Rock Climber

Jack Peterson
Year: 1969
  • Sculpture
  • Rock
Status: In Place


A man climbing the rock has been carved into the face of the climbing wall in recognition of the many climbers who climb the Stawamus Chief.

Artist Statement

I [the artist’s son, Victor Peterson] was there in 1969 when the carving was done. I was only about 7 years old at the time and played in the forest with my brothers and sister while my father worked on the rock. The artist’s name is Jack Peterson, he used a five pound sledge with a custom made handle that he carved to fit his hand. His only other tools were a selection of rock chisels, maybe five in total of various sizes. Many of his other works are in museums and private collections around the world. He always referred to the carving at the base of the Chief as “The Rock Climber” and was done as a tribute to the many climbers that scaled that amazing rock face. I think he always dreamed of scaling the face himself while he was carving the stone and we spent many days watching the various climbers work their way to the top. He did take the entire family up the back trail one day so we could stand at the top and look down on the Sound. What an incredible view.”


36915, British Columbia 99, Squamish, British Columbia, V0N 1J0, Canada.

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