October 16, 2006
Art Bank Sculptures Join Fall Foliage
The Art Bank recently installed two outdoor sculptures; “Sophocle”, by Jean-Pierre Morin on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s Residence at 1 Sussex Drive and “U-Split”, by Ed Zelenak adjacent to the tennis courts in Stanley Park in New Edinburgh. The latter is the initiative of the New Edinburgh Community Association (NECA) and the Crichton Cultural Community Centre (CCCC). The organizers hope it will be the successful start to the Ottawa Sculpture Trail along the banks of the Rideau River.
The Art Bank has 55 outdoor sculptures in its collection, ranging from $240 to $3600 in annual rental fee.
About the artist
Jean-Pierre Morin was born in St-Anselme, Québec in 1951. At the age of 16, he began his studies in visual arts at l’École de Sculpture de St-Jean-Port-Joli (1968-71). He later attended l’Université Laval (Bachelor of Visual Arts, 1978) and Concordia University (Master of Fine Arts, 1984). The artist was an active member at the Centre Articule in Montreal from 1981 to 1983. In 2003, Québec City presented Morin with the Prix Reconnaissance Vidère, an award honouring his body of work. Jean-Pierre Morin currently resides in Québec City. Many of his works are found in public spaces across Ontario and Québec.
Technicians installing the Zelenak sculpture
About the artist
Edward Zelenak was born in St. Thomas, Ontario in 1940. He studied at the Ontario College of Art (1957-59), yet he considers himself a primarily self-taught sculptor. Zelenak is best known for his tubular fibreglass forms, many of which were made on a monumental scale for commissions. He has exhibited across Canada and the United States, and his work is represented in a variety of public and private collections. Edward Zelenak currently lives in West Lorne, Ontario.