Memories in Copper
The commemorative pendant is inspired by Saskatchewan's logo.
Copper’s ancient association with eternal life would be reason enough for an artist to craft commemorative jewellery from this unique metal. But Megan Hazel, well known Regina jewellery artist, has discovered that making wearable art from a specific source of copper has delivered unexpected rewards.
The copper in question was salvaged from the dome of the Legislative Building in Regina. The roof was replaced in 2015. A small amount of the original roof was gifted to Hazel by Inland Metal Manufacturing Ltd., the company contracted to undertake the dome’s restoration. The copper she was given was enough to create a limited number of pieces. Hazel chose to design them to reflect the new stylized Saskatchewan logo. The oxidized old copper creates the green background and new copper is used for the golden “swooshes.”
“The design and the materials seem to have connected on a totally different level than anything I’ve done before,” says Hazel. “On the day the renovated dome was revealed we sent out one tweet and the result was hundreds of orders. The orders came from coast to coast and even from people living overseas. In the beginning I was going to do one piece and see how it went. By the end of this summer I might be finished all these materials.”
The recollections and emotional reactions Hazel’s clients express combine personal experiences in the Legislative Building and pride in the history of Saskatchewan as it is embodied in the province’s most impressive structure.
This is true for no one more than Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. Her grandfather worked on the construction of the original dome when he was in his late teens. Hazel presented Her Honour with one of the copper brooches in early June.
“As children, we tend to take how lovely things are for granted,” says Her Honour. “It wasn’t until I began to travel and see other Legislative Buildings that I realized how special Saskatchewan’s Legislative Building is.”
“We don’t tend to brag about our achievements in Saskatchewan,” she says. “But Megan’s jewellery is world class and I am excited that there is such a tangible connection to the building. I will wear the brooch with pride.”