Works of Art at the 24th Annual Canada Life CN Tower Climb
This Thursday May 1st and Saturday May 3rd will be my first CN Tower Climb as a WWF-Canada staff member. One task assigned to me that is traditionally reserved for new staff as part of a “rookie initiation”, is to go to the tower pre-climb to display the amazing artwork on each flight of stairs (144), created by kids from schools across Ontario. There’s no elevator for this, so you know we’re hanging these pieces the same way as our climbers: by going up and down the 1776 steps. This is something that I am actually looking forward to, because I know how much these drawings mean to our climbers.
I first climbed the CN Tower in 2010, and I can tell you, the messages in the artwork were really motivating for me. I remember climbing the tower, and at one point thinking in my mind “I need a break. I’ll stop just for a few seconds.” Then, I looked up and saw a painting of a penguin. Penguins are my favourite animal, so I look at it and tell myself “Can’t stop yet.” I continue to climb and I’m still tired. Later on I tell myself again “OK. I’m more than halfway now. I can take a break. I NEED a break.” I look up again, and there is a drawing of Finding Nemo (one of my favourite Disney movies) and it says “Just keep climbing, just keep climbing…” Growing more and more out of breath I think “Argh. Alright! I’ll keep climbing!” And you know what? I made it to the top without stopping once, and beat my expected time by almost 8 minutes.
So to all the young artists over the years, THANK YOU! Your drawings, paintings, and words of encouragement are inspiring to our climbers and show just how important it is that we work together to help our planet. I’m really looking forward to this year’s event and to meeting so many of our dedicated climbers that help us continue to do some amazing conservation work. Without you, together, we wouldn’t be able to take huge steps for nature.
If you’re one of the 5000+ climbers participating in our event this week, check out just a few samples of the artwork that will decorate the stairwell.