Bob and Doug Statues at the Rogers Center in Edmonton, Alberta
PHOTO BY FISH GRIWKOWSKY
The color-patina statues are a collaborative effort between accomplished Edmonton sculptor Ritchie Velthuis, the non-profit SCTV Monument Committee, Calgary’s Bronzart Casting and actors Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, who had suggestions during the entire process.
Velthuis, who calls the monument his career highlight, was hired by the committee and began work in earnest in 2017, first carving Styrofoam on a metal armature from smaller models
After six months of intense work the figures were ready to go to the foundry. “Each figure was around 10 small pieces," said Veldhuis. "It’s a fairly complex and complicated mould, just because of the seated position, hands in front of hands, that kind of thing.”
Years in the making, Edmonton scuptor, Ritchie Velthuis' painted bronze life-size statues of SCTV's Bob and Doug McKenzie arrived without fanfare at Roger Place in Edmonton, Alberts in April 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.