Sculpture Walk

1. Nutum by Ron Baird

Acquired in 1980

This work was donated by the artist to inaugurate the Sculpture Walk. It is a 16 ft high welded steel sculpture, made to swing freely in the wind. At the time a contest was held to come up with a title and story for this sculpture. A local resident won the contest with a story about an ancient Roman senator, Nutum, who was whisked away from a debate by a time warp and deposited before the town library, forever to nod in agreement "no matter how the political wind blows." Despite this story, visitors have a whole range of ideas as to what this abstract piece is representing.

Ron Baird was born in 1940, graduated from the Ontario College of Art, and has created numerous public sculptures throughout North America.

2. Goat by Bill Lishman

Acquired in 1981

This figure is made out of welded steel. It is a representational depiction of a goat, but by using strips of metal it gives the sensation of the skeleton of the animal. The Goat is placed in such a way that it looks pleadingly at the public as they approach the building.

Bill Lishman was born in Pickering Township in 1939. He is a nationally-­known sculptor who is also known for his project of flying with Canada geese to help with their migration, a story that has become a movie Fly Away Home.

3. Bear by E. B. Cox

Acquired in 1981

This very simple representation of a bear was sculpted by E.B. Cox out of white limestone. Cox left clear chisel marks on the form to portray the fur of the animal. Despite the minimalist form, the solidity of the animal and its design give a very real sense of a bear.

E.B. Cox was born in 1914 in Alberta and died in July 2003 in North Toronto. Cox worked in a variety of media including different stones and woods in his sculpture.

4. Muted Characters by Karena Massengill

Acquired in 1987

This work displays five forms made out of rusted steel standing in a circle facing in. The forms are very loose and form softly curved, almost amoebic-­‐like people varying in height from about 3 ft to 7 ft tall. In this sculpture the figures are part of the landscape and reflect forms from the land like hills and valleys in the form if the figures themselves. Visitors can walk in and out of the circle, acting as observers from the outside and becoming participants when they move inside.

Karena Massengill was born in California and has studied in both the United States and Canada and has shown her work throughout North America.

5. Blue Angel by Ron Baird

Acquired in 2009

Blue Angel was acquired through the generous donation of sculptor Ron Baird. This acquistion marks the 30th anniversary of The Latcham Gallery as Baird was the founding Director of The Latcham Gallery and a longstanding resident of Stouffville. In this open abstraction, Baird allows for different interpretations. Viewers see different objects within this form; most identify a farming tool or an anchor and others a bird, each of which seem to touch on a different aspect of the region’s character.

Ron Baird was born in 1940, graduated from the Ontario College of Art, and has created numerous public sculptures throughout North America.

6. He is all pine and I am apple orchard by Anne Allardyce

Acquired in 1983

Allardyce uses pieces of painted and rusted steel to create this sculpture. The title of this piece is taken from a poem by Robert Frost entitled Mending Wall (1914) in which a man questions why he and his neighbor must rebuild a wall dividing their farms each spring. The piece can be seen as depicting two stylistic people separated by a fence and confronting each other. The two-­‐dimensionality of the figures and their form make them almost abstract.

Anne Allardyce was born in the United States and she studied in both Canada and England before becoming a permanent resident in Toronto in 1967.

7. Untitled by Ted Bieler

Acquired in 1983

This piece features two columns of roughly cast aluminum growing out of two concrete bases. These strong, abstract pillars point skyward, perhaps recalling ancient columns, the tower of Babel or bolts of lightning.

Ted Bieler was born in Kingston in 1938. He studied in France and in Canada before becoming a professor of Fine Art at York University. He has shown his work throughout North America and is part of numerous public collections.

8. Fractal by Ron Baird

Acquired in 2012

This sculpture is the newest addition to the Latcham Gallery Sculpture Walk. Generously donated by Ron Baird in 2012. Fractal now rises spectacularly from the east bank of Duffin’s Creek just south of Main Street. Supported by three steel cylindrical columns the piece is made up of four inverted triangular forms, themselves made up from four other geometric shapes. It was constructed from sheets of mild steel, laser cut and then folded into its basic forms that were then welded together into the more complex forms we find rising ten feet above the ground. The work is easily viewed from the intersection of Main and Market Streets announcing itself with authority as the Sculpture Walks newest addition.

Ron Baird was born in 1940, graduated from the Ontario College of Art, and has created numerous public sculptures throughout North America.