Thursday, April 13, 2023

Climbed One Artwork and Got Trapped Inside

A Man Tried to Climb One of Canada’s Most Famous Public Artworks and Got Trapped Inside It Until Rescuers Found Him
A Man Tried to Climb One of Canada’s Most Famous Public Artworks and Got Trapped Inside It Until Rescuers Found Him
By Sarah Cascone

A Man Tried to Climb One of Canada’s Most Famous Public Artworks and Got Trapped Inside It Until Rescuers Found Him

It took the fire department an hour and a half to free the man.

Ball-Nogues Studio, Talus Dome, in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo by Talusdome. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Ball-Nogues Studio, Talus Dome, in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo by Talusdome. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

A Canada man looking for an “adventure” in a public work of art got more than he bargained for.

Police have hit 26-year-old Wakeem Courtoreille with a $5,000 fine and charged him with one count of mischief after he climbed inside the most famous sculpture in Edmonton, Alberta, and got trapped inside it over the weekend. It took three teams of emergency responders—including a technical rescue team from the fire department—about an hour and a half to extricate Courtoreille from Talus Dome, which is made from 1,000 handcrafted stainless steel spheres.

“It’s definitely a first for me,” Edmonton Fire Rescue Services chief Troy Brady told CTV News Edmonton. “It’s definitely different than what we would typically use it [the jaws of life] for.”

Courtoreille appears to have climbed to the top of the silvery structure and slipped inside through a gap between the balls. He shouted for help to let people know he was trapped. A bystander called 911 around 8:30 p.m.

“It was kind of like watching a mouse fall into a bucket,” Connor Schwindt, a local resident who witnessed the incident while out running, told CBC. “He was just kind of running around inside of it starting to freak out because he couldn’t get out.”

The 2011 piece is the work of Ball-Nogues Studio, a collaboration between California artists Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. It was created for the city’s Percent for Art inititiative, in conjunction with the Edmonton Arts Council, and is part of the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection.

It cost $600,000 to build, according to local paper the St. Catharines Standard, which in 2018 published an article about a petition to move the sculpture to avoid additional vandalism after someone splashed it with green paint.

The name Talus Dome is a reference to the talus earth formations that naturally accumulate at the base of the steep slopes of the nearby North Saskatchewan River, an important feature of Edmonton’s natural landscape. The mound of spheres, placed near the near the Quesnell Bridge, is meant to recall those rock piles on the riverbeds, as well as snow drifts and even heaps of gravel at construction sites, functioning almost as a non-organic earthwork.

“The surface of Talus Dome takes on different colors with the changing seasons and hours of the day as it literally reflects its surroundings,” the artists’ website explained, adding that it was purposely designed with a void in its center. “It also has spaces and gaps between the spheres, leaving the viewer to complete the shape with her mind’s eye while enabling her to see between the spheres and through the pile.”

Unfortunately, that view proved hard to resist for Courtoreille.

“[I] just wanted to go on an adventure and I climbed up there and ended up slipping and falling through,” he told CTV News. When he realized he was stuck, he thought to himself, “this is bad.”

Rescuers had to cut into the structure and remove one of the balls in order to free the trapped man, who was promptly arrested. Courtoreille allegedly damaged the work while scaling the sculpture.

“It all happened so fast,” Courtorilli added, speaking to Global News. “It was pretty intense. It was pretty traumatic.”

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Get rid of lower-back pain and improve stability with these four moves

February 17, 2023

If you experience low-back pain, you’re not alone. Golf Digest 50 Best Fitness Trainer Carolina Romero explains that this problem is common among golfers because many don’t know how to hinge their hips properly and lack the strength needed to control the position of their pelvis.

The result is usually a golfer who has an exaggerated arch, or anterior pelvis tilt at address (below).

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Romero says women are more susceptible to this improper posture over the ball, because they typically have more flexible hips than men, making it easier to slip into this position. Understanding how to hinge your hips properly is the first step to fighting low-back pain. Use Romero’s quick drill to practice hinging from the hips instead of arching your back over the ball.

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Grab a wedge or an iron and hold it vertically along your spine, just like Romero is in the clip above. If your pelvis is in an anterior position, there will be a gap between the club and your back. To get into a neutral pelvis position, tuck your hips until the club rests along your spine. From this position, tighten your abs and practice hinging from the hips like Romero. Try to keep your club relatively flat to your back as you bend from the waist.

You can also reduce low-back pain by rehearsing a neutral pelvis position and strengthening key golf muscles, such as the glutes and abs. Because the glutes and abdominal muscles are responsible for stabilizing the swing, you should notice your back pain starting to subside (hopefully) and an improvement in your ball-striking.

Add Romero’s stabilizing exercises to your fitness routine to start training a strong and stable swing.


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These help you practice getting your pelvis into a neutral position, which is key for maintaining proper posture over the ball. As you complete the exercise for 10 to 12 reps, tighten your abs as you tuck your hips and press your back into the floor. Notice how Romero isn’t moving much during this exercise. This is a small, controlled motion.

Hip Bridges

Your glutes are among of the most powerful muscles in the body, and perhaps the most important in the golf swing, Romero says, “Not just because they’re responsible for creating power and speed, but because they’re also responsible for stabilizing the body."

Notice that only Romero’s lower back, hips and pelvis are moving while she completes this exercise. Do 10 to 12 reps, be sure that you’re stable as you press through your feet to lift your hips and engage your glutes.

Curl Ups

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“A strong, stable core helps you maintain and protect your spine when you are doing fast, rotational movements,” Romero says. Her curl ups are a great way to strengthen your core and practice maintaining a neutral pelvis position, which means less pressure on your lumbar spine.

As you lift your head and shoulders off the ground, think about moving them as one piece and engage your core as you raise and lower your upper body. This will help you achieve the same neutralposition as Romero at the top of the exercise.

Romero says to watch out for two common mistakes: 1) Curling too much at the top. 2) Using your hands to pull your head and shoulders. Remember that the goal is to maintain a neutral spine while igniting the core. Complete 10 to 12 reps on each side at a slow-and-controlled pace.

Dead Bugs

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When you have a stable core, you’re subconsciously able to produce more speed because you’re able to swing hard and fast without fear of injury, Romero says. Deadbugs are a great way to strengthen your core and stabilize your body.

As you lie on your back, remember to tuck your pelvis so you’re in a neutral spine position, similarly to how you practiced tucking. While you straighten the opposite arm and leg, keep your core tight and hold the position a few inches off the ground, just like Romero in the clip above. Focus on staying balanced and stable throughout the exercise and complete 10 to 12 reps on each side.