Artistic bears and wolf help keep social distancing

Kinsmen Beach now has an artistic reminder to stay two metres (six feet) from others

By Steve Hubrecht

Warmer temperatures are finally here, and with Invermere (and the rest of B.C.) continuing to reopen, many locals and visitors have been enjoying the sandy shores and refreshing dips to be had at Kinsmen Beach. But keep in mind that social distancing requirements are still in effect. You’ll be even less likely to forget now that the district of Invermere and Black Star Studios have collaborated to create an artistic reminder to stay two metres (six feet) from others.

The reminder takes the form of two large animal cutouts — one of a bear family, the other of a lone wolf — painted with beautiful mountain and beach themes, placed near the entrance to Kinsmen Beach.

District of Invermere events planner Cortney Pitts approached Black Star with the idea of creating something to help keep people apart at the beach this summer, and both parties are pleased with results.

“It’s just a fun way to say ‘keep your distance,’” Black Star co-owner Natalie Ruby told the Pioneer. “We wanted to keep it fun, to show that although you need to keep safe, being aware of COVID-19 doesn’t have to be scary all the time.”

“We wanted to put something to remind people about social distancing, and sometimes plain old signs can be a bit redundant, so we wanted something fun,” Invermere acting chief administrative officer Kindry Luyendyk told the Pioneer. “We may keep it up going forward, even after we don’t need to social distance, because it’s a pretty neat piece to have down there.”

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