LA LOCHE, Sask. — A Saskatoon ice sculptor is preparing to build a memorial honouring the four people killed in last month's mass shooting in La Loche, Sask.
Douglas Lingelbach is heading to the northern Saskatchewan community this week to take part in the town's winter festival.
He originally planned to carve a fisherman out of ice, but changed his plans following the Jan. 22 shooting at a home and the local school that also left seven people injured.
Lingelbach says an elder approached him to see if he could create something to honour brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, teacher Adam Wood and teacher's aide Marie Janvier.
He says he will recreate their faces in ice, with a tree beneath them and the roots entangled with hands and hearts.
He says the idea is to commemorate their life on earth.
A 17-year-old boy, who can't be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm in relation to the shooting.
Lingelbach says he wants his piece to help the community let go and move on from the tragedy. He plans to build a fire around the sculpture, once it's complete, to melt it.
"Impermanence is the name of the piece, and it's from the creator to the creator,'' he says. "It's probably one of the most moving pieces I'll ever do in my life.''
La Loche's winter festival, which began Wednesday, runs until Sunday.
Lingelbach estimates he'll spend about 25 hours creating his sculpture.
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