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Sculpture Symposium Society of British Columbia

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Sculpture Symposium Society of British Columbia

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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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