A spectacular book from Lindsay's own Ruth Abernethy.
Part memoir, part ‘secrets of the sculptor’s
craft’, part celebration of Canadian culture
and talent Life and Bronze is the story behind
Ruth Abernethy’s rich and varied artistic
career. The author describes each of her
sculpting projects from opening discussion to
creation to installation and public unveiling.
We discover what the public chooses to commemorate, how a sculptor resolves clear expressions of character, and how the entire process fits into a full family life. We become privy to Ruth’s unique methods, which are greatly influenced by her years of stagecraft at the Stratford Festival and across Canada. We meet prime ministers, musicians, doctors, athletes, and a huge Manitoba black bear named Duke. Ruth’s Canadian commissions include Glenn Gould at CBC Toronto, Oscar Peterson and Mario Bernardi at the National Arts Centre Ottawa, military Physician and poet John McCrae (“In Flanders Fields”) at Ottawa and Guelph, and Sir John A. Macdonald in both Picton and Baden, Ontario. Ruth’s bronze installations honour outstanding theatre artists in Stratford, Waterloo and Winnipeg and exceptional scientists and engineers in Kentville, Wolfville and in Vancouver. Life and Bronze is a lavishly illustrated record of bronze portraits created in the privacy of Ruth’s studio and let loose to lie on the streetscapes of Canada.
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