Perfect! I’ve been meaning to post another entry in my Lost Artefacts occasional series. This will actually be the second lost-artefacts post, officially making it a “series.” Plus it will satisfy another of the 30-day challenge posts. Win-win!
When I walk to work in the summer, I make a final climb from the Rideau Canal up to Queen street via a somewhat dilapidated set of steps outside the National Arts Centre. Plunked on the lawn, halfway up that flight, is a stone sculpture of two figures embracing and staring up at the sky.
This is Terre des hommes by Suzanne Guité (Quebec, 1967); a sculpture that was (according to the nearby plaque) “first seen at Expo 67. The name Terre des hommes reflects the theme of Expo 67 – Man and His World.”
It’s a lovely little piece of art that I suspect most people pass by without sparing a second glance.
I have no idea what the artist wanted to impart with it, but here’s what I get. It sits outdoors, exposed to the elements, and the two faces – after 40+ years of staring up at the rain – are now showing serious signs of erosion. “In his world,” man is only here for a short time. I get a strong sense of our impermanence from this piece – despite it being made from as stable a medium as stone.
But I could be full of $h!t.