Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

In 2013 Dan Lawrie, Hamilton businessman and Burlington resident, made a 10-year commitment to donating sculpture to Royal Botanical Gardens which has created The International Sculpture Collection.

Through Dan’s generosity, this permanent collection grows in Hendrie Park each year, with the addition of new works from around the world.

(H)our Glass

Artist: Ted Fullerton
From: Canada
Date: 2017

The hourglass is often depicted as a symbol of human existence and of time itself. The “H” in parentheses within this sculpture’s name allows us to take ownership of this as being “our” reality.

The conceptual premise for the sculpture, (H)our Glass is based on an associative symbol, X. The term, “X marks the spot” is a common reference, a place of “being.” Because of its symmetrical nature, an hourglass is suggested where “being” exists between the past and the future.

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Artist: Karl Unnasch
From: USA
Date: 2016

Inspired by Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot), this installment represents one of the first woodland plants to greet spring as it contrasts its unique structure with the more innocuous plants surrounding it.

“The bloodroot holds a special place in my heart as my first acquaintance with visual language. My earliest memory is when my mother snapped off a bloodroot leaf in spring from her flower bed and showed me how to make my first marks with its orange sap on my forearm.”

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Artist: Lisbet Fernandez Ramos
From: Spain
Date: 2016

Jardín displays five figures of children to represent our differences as individuals within a group.

“The use of images of childhood is purely symbolic — a recreation of games, attitudes or situations taken out of context, in which the simple, spontaneous and sincere world of the child is projected upon the most complex human relations. These are parables of childhood that elicit in us curiosity and nostalgia as we read in them our own experiences.”

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Edwin and Veronica
Dam de Nogales (Canada/Spain)

This three-part sculpture explores the connections of family.

“Generations examines families by playing with similarities and separations, proximities and distances, and geometries and natural forms. It draws upon the viewer to complete the work by putting themselves within it. The expressions hint at a hope for a bright future.”

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The Scope of Change

Barbara Amos (Canada)

The Scope of Change invites the visitor to look through its lens which breaks apart the scene. It is up to the viewer to put it back together.

“As a child I had a kaleidoscope collection. Since fragmentation is a key theme in my artwork, I experimented to create a freestanding scope that could travel. This work is a whimsical moment but also a visual metaphor about the pace of change in our world.”

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On the Wings of Love

Bob and Jo Wilfong (USA)

On the Wings of Love explores themes of love and human connection. The simple stylized forms are designed to connect with each viewer’s personal experience.

“I’m drawn to images created from the soul, images that are within each of us, and images that express who and what we are. Bronze is currently my medium of choice as it expresses power, beauty and grace. Working with chemicals, acids and heat adds colour, and allows the sculpture to come alive.”

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Dave Hind (Canada) with The Aluminum Quilting Society

This installation focuses on the importance of pollination. Royal Botanical Gardens supports pollinators by protecting the plant species and habitats that sustain them. The designs on the arms reflect some of these species.

“Pollinizers depicts two hands manually pollinating a fruit blossom. This symbolizes the role RBG has as a steward of the land, serving as a metaphor for the organization’s environmental philosophies. The entire work has been coated in beeswax, a most amazing all natural metal polish and protector.”

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Catherine Lavelle (Canada) designed in collaboration with Douglas Senft

Haven is a large nest. Lavelle uses her art to speak to the changing nature of animal habitats in a city landscape.

“Haven refers to survival and adaptability in natural and urban environments. It represents all nesting creatures as well as our human attachment to home and place.”

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Rejoicing Family

Taurai Mutigwa (Zimbabwe)

Rejoicing Family shows people embraced together. The sculpture weaves into itself to represent how everything is connected.

“I enjoy carving family abstracts to express the love I feel for my family. I draw inspiration from the surrounding world, especially vegetation, when creating my stone sculptures.”

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