A golden man at Vancouver Art Gallery comes out for Team Canada
Ross Maxwell loves hockey. He always has. And ever since the Paralympics, he's gotten up on Saturday morning and painted himself gold, from skates to helmet. "I come here to honour Team Canada and their gold medal. It's all about taking pictures with people, and having fun," the Gibsons resident said on on a sunny afternoon, as he stood with his golden hockey stick outstretched in front of Vancouver Art Gallery.
He stays in character until his feet get sore. "These are real skates, you know," he said "I used to work in the movie business as a stuntman. I specialized in cars, motorcycles and fire. I did a lot of things. Stunt doubling actors and driving fast cars."
He missed the movie business, he said, but not that much.
His paid gig is watching for fires in Northern Alberta. "In two weeks I'm going up to my tower in Northern Alberta. It's called Gordon Lake," the forest ranger said, the gold paint glistening in the creases of his skin.
He loves just about everything about Vancouver, he said, The scenery, the mountains, the people. But he doesn't miss it when he's in his tower. "There I'm really with nature." He stays for four and a half months, is flown in by helicopter and receives a food drop off every two weeks.
He watches for fires, records "things that go on" on his video camera and makes "little films about what I do."
What's the deal with standing all day dressed in a hockey uniform and painted gold? He said he was raising money for kids' hockey.
"I'm a huge hockey fan. Huge," he said.