Neil Peart's Hometown To Install Statue Of Him In Park He Made Famous

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

January 28, 2021

A sculpture of Rush's Neil Peart is going to grace Lakeside Park in Ontario, where the drummer grew up and eventually made famous in lyrics to a 1975 Rush song of the same name.

The city of St. Catharines, Ontario, recently put out a call for submissions, and artists have until March 29 to submit proposals.

One prospective design was recently shared by Canadian artist Morgan MacDonald, along with lifelong Rush fan Bill MacDonald and musician Peter Fewer.

(UPDATE: A prior version of this article erroneously stated that MacDonald's sculpture had been selected by the city.)

Peart died from brain cancer on January 7, 2020.

The clay maquette Morgan created is a little less than life-size. It depicts Peart at his drum throne, playing the instrument he revolutionized over his 40-plus-year career. If selected, a bronze version of the statue will be installed in the park.

Morgan recently shared a 7-minute video clip documenting his work on the preliminary clay piece, which you can view in the player above.

Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie near Lakeside Park, playing there as a child and working there as a teen. The sculpture would be the city's second recent tribute to him since his passing.

Last year, the pavilion on the grounds was renamed Neil Peart Pavilion after a public vote on the matter.

Photo: Getty Images

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