World Famous Gun Sculpture Returns Home to Edmonton
July 19, 2011
After touring the world, Gun Sculpture, the creation of Edmonton artists Sandra Bromley and Wallis Kendal, has returned home to Edmonton.
Since its debut at the Edmonton Art Gallery in 2000, Gun Sculpture has been viewed on three continents by nearly two million people, including world leaders and royalty.
“Wallis and I are extremely pleased that an Edmonton sculpture examining the culture of violence received such strong, positive engagement with audiences,” said Sandra Bromley. “Its message of peace is universal and, now, resonates more strongly than ever.”
The 5-tonne sculpture of more than 7,000 deactivated weapons collected from around the world, is now located at the Prince of Wales Armouries, while a new more suitable permanent location is found. The artists would like to gift the sculpture to the City of Edmonton at that time.
The City is delighted that Gun Sculpture will now be permanently located in Edmonton. The artists are both strongly invested in our community and it’s important for the City to support our artists, art and culture,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “This is such an influential and thought-provoking work and we’re pleased it will be here for Edmontonians to view.”
“The work has been around the world, it has had a good run of tours,” said John Mahon, Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council. “Now it seems an appropriate gesture by the artists to give it to their home town. It’s much appreciated.”
The artists’ goal has been to encourage viewers to consider the impact of gun violence on our local and global communities and to think about what can be done to create a safer world.
Since 2001, the sculpture has been featured at in such places as the Canadian Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Hanover, Germany; the Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Peace Prize in Seoul, Korea; the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa; the United Nations headquarters in New York; the WORKS festival in Edmonton; and the United Nations Vienna International Centre in Austria. Photos of Gun Sculpture’s travels are available at http://photos.edmonton.ca/Public-Art/Gun-Sculpture.
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