Town of Canmore

Motivation - Lesley Russell

From a distance Motivation’s shining steel sides are reminiscent of the strata of the mountains but as you get closer you realize it is sharing a message. The strata are made up of the word “PUSH” repeatedly laser cut into the steel. Swelling from large to small around the structure symbolizing the ebbs and flow of life.

On closer inspection of the installation, you see your own reflection looking back at you, reflected by the mirrored steel inside. Giving you a moment to contemplate what gives you the motivation to PUSH yourself further, whether in sporting endeavours, work or personal life. Opening up a conversation between athletes, community groups, family and friends regarding what makes them MOTIVATED to PUSH themselves. 


While working on this installation Laura Kosakoski was tragically killed in an avalanche. After hearing so many incredible stories about the effect Laura had on the lives of people she touched I realized that this piece encapsulated her positivity, love of sports, art and lust for life. I am honoured to include her initials in this piece. 

The Artist

Lesley Russell was educated at Dundee University in Scotland where she obtained an Honours degree in Fine Art and a Masters degree in Public Art. She has a passion for creating Public Art concepts that are thought provoking and spark dialogue within the community.

She has called Canmore home since moving to Canada over 20 years ago with her partner starting their company Russell and Russell Design Studios. Designing many iconic buildings and structures here in the Bow Valley, often pulling from Canmore’s rich railway and mining history. 

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