September 23, 2013

Sleeping ~ at VanDusen Gardens

This is something new to our backyard at VanDusen Gardens.

To me, this a couple who have journeyed across the continent, likely by train. Finally in Vancouver, this is their moment, however brief, to rest, to close their eyes, to sleep.

The work is actually called Departure and it is a life size bronze sculpture by the American artist, George Lundeen.

According to the artist, “The original piece came from a sketch I did in the Rome train station. There were a couple of kids across from me on the marble floor. It became the first life-size piece I ever did.” The work was completed over two years, beginning in 1984.

The artist is a native of Nebraska, and was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar studying in Florence, Italy. He established his studio in Loveland, Colorado in the mid 1970s where he continues to live and work.

Departure was donated to VanDusen by the late Paul Heller of Vancouver.

Photos by Jim Murray. Copyright 2013.

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