This week we're highlighting the work of Brantford-based artist Dave Hind! The International Sculpture Collection is located within Hendrie Park at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Here is an example of just one of the amazing pieces you'll discover as you make your way along its paths:
Artist: Dave Hind
Materials: Reclaimed steel and aluminum siding
Pollinizers depicts two large hands manually pollinating a fruit blossom. The forearms are covered with tattoos of pollinators and the reproductive anatomy of plants. This image symbolizes the role the RBG has as a steward of the land, in part by monumentalizing all the hands-on fieldwork their staff perform while also serving as a metaphor for the organization’s environmental philosophies.
This piece brings together Hind’s sculptural drawings of hands in reclaimed steel with the Aluminum Quilting Society’s (Gord Pullar, Becky Katz, Avery Tanner, Daniel Hill, etc…) community based pre-painted aluminum collage work. The image is based on the story of the disappearing bees from China’s Hanyuan County where hand pollination has been in practice since the 80’s. The entire work has been coated in beeswax, a most amazing all natural metal polish and protector.
The Dan Lawrie Sculpture Collection at the Royal Botanical Gardens will focus on both permanent and temporary public art sculpture that is of high artistic merit and quality. The Collection will strive to:
- Spark imagination and conversation amongst the wider community
- Engage and interact with the landscape and natural heritage of the RBG grounds
- Promote accessibility of public art through: artwork placement, programming and access to the Collection
- Exhibit a diverse collection including both established and emerging, local and international artists; traditional media and experimental forms
For a complete list of works on display, please visit http://tisconline.ca/current-works/