This sculpture (Bird Wrap by Canadian artist Ivan Eyre), is one of the Vancouver BC 2014-2016 Biennale outdoor installations. It is located in Thornton Park across from Pacific Central Station (Transportation Centre).
Over the course of Ivan Eyre’s celebrated career, he has returned time and again to certain graphic motifs, a visual shorthand through which he explores deeply personal notions of self and identity. Central among these motifs is The Birdman, a figure Eyre remembers studying through “scores of drawn self-portraits with bird headdresses [which] became regular subjects in the studio.”
Translating this figure into three-dimensional form represents a significant conceptual leap for Eyre, who first garnered critical acclaim as a painter. The rendering of a man cloaked in the visage of a bird stands 2.4 meters high, welcoming visitors to Thornton Park as it towers above. Eyre has always drawn deeply from legend and archetype, and indeed this uneasy union of man and beast harkens back to timeless mythological creatures, as well as to the great bronzes of antiquity and more recent masterworks of abstraction.
Bird Wrap serves as one of the first major works installed as part of the Vancouver Biennale
Ivan Kenneth Eyre was born in Tullymet, Saskatchewan in 1935. Mentored by Ernest Lindner and Eli Bornstein, Eyre graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Manitoba in 1957 and spent the following year at the University of North Dakota. Eyre was appointed Full Professor (Painting and Drawing) at the University of Manitoba where he worked until his retirement in 1993.
For more than five decades Eyre has produced an incredible body of work comprised of paintings, sculptures and drawings. Most commonly known for his paintings, Eyre has painted figurative work, still lifes, personal mythologies, figure silhouette/landscapes, portraits, and panoramic landscapes.
Ivan Eyre is considered a living national treasure. Eyre was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1974. He received the Queen’s Silver and Gold Jubilee medals, the University of Manitoba Alumni Jubilee award, and the Order of Manitoba.
In 2010, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario unveiled a sculpture garden consisting of 9 large scale bronze sculptures produced by him. In 1998, the Pavilion Museum was opened at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg where the entire third floor was dedicated as the Ivan Eyre Gallery. Eyre gifted 200 paintings, 5000 drawings and 16 sculptures to the museum, which are on display.
Eyre’s artwork has been exhibited in more than 65 solo and 250 group exhibitions across Canada and around the world. His works have been acquired by numerous public, private, and corporate art collections throughout Canada. Over 33 museums and galleries have shared some 420 paintings and over 3000 works on paper.
Institutions exhibiting Eyre’s artwork include the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the 49th Parallel Gallery in New York City, the Frankfurter Kunstkabinett in Frankfurt, Germany, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, Canada House in London, UK. Currently his artwork is on display at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
VANCOUVER 2014-2016 BIENNALE:
The 3rd Vancouver Biennale exhibition began Spring 2014. We’re expanding to new cities, broadening our program to include a wider range of artistic disciplines, and inviting an unprecedented mix of famous and emerging artists from around the world to participate in a two-year celebration of great contemporary art, freely accessible to people where they live, work, play and transit.
The curatorial theme of the exhibition is Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver. Unique in the world for its natural beauty, Vancouver becomes the international hub where artists from all nations, cultural backgrounds, political histories and artistic disciplines gather to celebrate art in public space. Together we inspire creativity, transform thinking and find our interconnectedness as global citizens through art.
The 2014 – 2016 Vancouver Biennale will feature diverse works by both breakthrough and established artists, in keeping with the theme Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver. The 2014 – 2016 participants include globally-recognized figures ranging from Ai Weiwei, Vik Muniz, Andy Goldsworthy to Os Gêmeos.
Permission to use photo:
30 May 2015.
Hey Ted Mcgrath,
I've been tasked with searching the web for excellent photos of Vancouver Biennale public art works. We are interested in possibly using your photo of Bird Wrap by Ivan Eyre for our catalogue with full credit going to you. Would you be interested in supplying a high resolution image? How would you like to be compensated?
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Great! Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
With the subject: Catalogue Photo Call Out.
23 June 2015
We really appreciate your photograph of Bird Wrap (flic.kr/p/pLzUM4) and your permission to use it in our upcoming catalogue. Can we have permission to use the same image on our website? www.vancouverbiennale.com/artworks/bird-wrap/
If so, we will post the image with a watermark giving you credit for the shot.
Also, I've noticed other great photographs of Vancouver Biennale artwork:
Would you be able to send high resolution images of those two as well for use in the catalogue and our website? If so, please send them to email@example.com via www.wetransfer.com/ with the subject "Catalogue Photos". I am especially impressed with your photo of Amazing Laughter.
We would like to give you a heads up when new artworks are installed by the Vancouver Biennale. Is your email firstname.lastname@example.org a good way to reach you or would a phone number be better?
Also, if you are not already aware, here is a map of the current artwork around the metro Vancouver area that may serve as new subjects for your photos:
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