Medusa’s floor sculpture at Ontario Science Centre: The sculpture is one of the last of its kind in Canada
Toronto, ON – The final piece of artwork on the Medusa sculpture at the Ontario Science and Technology Centre (OSCTC) is the first to be constructed by an individual since the late 1970s.
The sculpture was unveiled at the museum on Saturday, the final day of the exhibition, and will be on display until March 12, 2019.
“Medusa is a symbol of nature and life in the minds of many, and she is also a symbol for science and technology,” said John Cavanagh, Director of the OSCTC.
“It is a testament to the fact that science is a powerful force that can change the world.
This is an example of what we can achieve with our technology and our people.”
The sculpture, called “A Man In the Sky,” depicts the silhouette of Medusa, which is currently located on the west wall of the Ontario science centre in Toronto, in a field of stars.
The starry sky above the figure, which was created in 2003 by a team of international artists, is the final element of the installation.
“The sculpture was designed as an icon for the world of science and engineering and for the future of Canada,” said Cavanag.
“We want people to see how we have changed our lives through technology and how we are moving forward with a more sustainable future.
Our team is proud to have brought together so many people who share our vision and our desire to build a better world for future generations.””
It is really exciting to see this work go on in the middle of this exhibit.
It is really inspiring,” said Karen Pritchard, chair of the OSTC and a professor of art history at the University of Toronto.
“In addition to being the last piece of art in the world created by a single individual, this is the largest piece of contemporary art in Ontario.
I think we have a great story to tell and I’m really excited to see it.”
The Medusa statue was commissioned by the City of Toronto in 2009 and will remain on display through March 12.
The artist, Ian Anderson, and his team of Canadian artists have been working with OSTCB and the City to construct the sculpture.
They have worked on several other pieces of sculpture at other Canadian institutions and at the Museum of Science and Industry in Ottawa.
Anderson’s work has been featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery of Canada, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris and the National Museum of Canada in Toronto.
“We are very proud of the way the OstC is creating the next generation of Canadian art and I know that it will be an honor to work with Ian Anderson and the Osteological Society of Canada on his next piece,” said Patricia Beattie, chair and CEO of the Otelaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Neurology Section of the Department of Otology, head and neck surgery, and neurology at the Royal Ontario Museum.
“His artistic talent and expertise in the field of modern art, and particularly in the sciences and engineering is unmatched in Canada.
I’m confident that we will have an outstanding contribution to the Ontario Scientific Centre in the years to come.”