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Fonds AM1076 - Sculpture Symposium Society of British Columbia fonds

Show held at Vancouver Art Gallery after the Symposium to help sell other works by the same artis... Vancouver streets showing Symposium billboards which were designed by David Lim Vancouver streets showing Symposium billboards which were designed by David Lim Wooden foundation of one of the sculptures Members from the Canadian Forces base in Chilliwack using their cranes and trucks to place the st... Sculptors at work. Left to right: Hiromi Akiyama, Kiyoshi Takahashi and unidentified assistant ca... Stone being moved by crane; left to right: Jiro Sugawara and assistant carver Canadian Forces moving finished sculpture to final site Sculpture housed in a wooden shelter Stone slabs being moved; left to right Matthias Hietz, Gerhard Class and Jiro Sugawara Outside of service trailer where the office was located, bookkeeper passed out petty cash for sup... Sculptures in progress, air gun in foreground Stone tools - Diamond blade saw Stone tools - Smithing tools being sharpened Stone tools - Close-up of grinder at work Stone tools - Matthias Hietz and assistant carver making own tools Stone tools - Wire saw and two pieces of stone which were cut by Western Granite Co. With this te... Stone tools - Close-up of air gun, machine tools, and grinder with carborundum disk Stone tools - Close-up of air gun with bush hammer and grinding tool Stone tools - Canadian Forces personnel working with crane to move completed sculpture Stone tools - Close-up showing hand pitching Stone tools - Front view of diamond blade saw drilling stone Front end loader turning stones over Stone tools - Side view of diamond blade saw drilling Stone tools - Person from company which supplied tool working with diamond drill on Matthias Hiet... Stone tools - Close-up of diamond drill Stone tools - David Marshall working on his Vancouver Art Gallery piece Stone tools - Close-up of Matthias Hietz's Vancouver Art Gallery show piece including tools Stone tools - Back view of diamond blade saw with two sculptors Stone tools - Close-up of hand tools, all points Stone tools - Close-up of a hand tool being used Stone tools - Stones laid out before start of symposium Stone tools - Stones laid out during symposium Stone tools - Canadian Forces crane operator at work Stone tools - Close-up of David Ruben holding air gun with point Stone tools - Jiro Sugawara working with air gun and point Stone tools - Close-up of sculptor with drill showing the break-off marking Stone tools - Close-up of David Marshall wearing dust mask Stone tools - Close-up	 of heavy gun with bush hammer and point Stone tools - Jiro Sugawara watching Matthias Hietz tempering a tool Gathering around dinner table at sculptors' house Gathering around dinner table at sculptors' house Official opening of symposium showing crowd looking at sculptures Terri Burnett cutting Hiromi Akiyama's hair Official opening of Symposium with Mayor Art Phillips carrying out ceremonial cut in midst of crowd Group moving stone Michael Prentice's wife After dinner discussion at sculptors' residence, Gerhard Class standing on left After dinner discussion at sculptors' residence, Gerhard Class standing on right Unknown individual and on right Michael Prentice
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Sculpture Symposium Society of British Columbia fonds

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AM1076

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  • 1974-1976 (Creation)
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    Sculpture Symposium Society of British Columbia

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  • 0.05 m of textual records
  • 175 photographs

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When Debro Construction Specialties offered to donate blocks of Turkish marble and travertine to the Vancouver School of Art in the spring of 1974, Gerhard Class, sculpture instructor, suggested that Vancouver host a publicly held stone sculpture symposium. Class and students, Jan Van't Hof, Diana Caldwell, and Loretta Lam then founded the Sculpture Symposium Society of British Columbia (incorporated March 1975), which organized the Vancouver International Stone Sculpture Symposium. The Symposium was held during the summer of 1975 at the not yet officially opened VanDusen Botanical Gardens. It featured twelve sculptors, chosen by jury from applicants around the world, working on-site while the public circulated throughout the Gardens. Local dancers, musicians and other performers were booked to make the Symposium even more of an event.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, newsclippings, and photographs of participants and the Symposium.

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Donated by Gerhard Class in 1990 and K. E. Ohrn and B. Joyce McDonald in 1991.

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See Sculpture Society of British Columbia Symposium 1975 videocassette, 597-G-1 file 23.

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