Monday, July 04, 2011

Community Art Project: Kosso Eloul Sculpture

This Summer, the GPAG combined efforts with the F.O.R.T. (Foundation of Resources for Teens) and students from Grimsby Secondary School in giving a fresh coat of paint to our Kosso Eloul sculpture Imsby  which sits on the corner of Ontario and Adelaide Streets. The participants were excited to volunteer their time to this community art project after presentations on Kosso Eloul using our RBC Virtual Exhibitions Programme, a Facebook colour survey where they picked the sculpture’s new colour (electric blue!), and finally an afternoon spent painting the sculpture itself. Many more projects are being developed and we look forward to continuing our affiliation with these enthusiastic local youths! 

Imsby, also known as Double is One, by Kosso Eloul, was originally purchased by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in 1978 with the help of Wintario, the Royal  Canadian Academy of Art and the Women’s Committee of the GPAG (now the Volunteer Committee). The sculpture stood at the top of the entrance ramp to the old Gallery until the fall of 2002 when it was put into storage to allow construction of the new Library/ Art Gallery building.

Imsby was re-installed at the corner of  Ontario and Adelaide streets in the Winter of 2008. 

Kosso Eloul was born in the USSR in 1920. He lived and worked in Canada from 1964 until his death in 1995. His sculptures are found in numerous collections and public places around the world; many are in major Canadian cities. Grimsby is one of the smallest communities to have a work by this prominent sculptor. Eloul was a strong supporter of public art and recognized a mutually beneficial relationship between artists and the public in Grimsby. 

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