The Boat Project
by Ernest Daetwyler, Part of the TOM’s Canadian Spirit 2012-2017 Offsite Public Art Program
The Boat Project concept was inspired by the mysterious death of the artist Tom Thomson – a myth, maverick and innovator praised today as one of Canada’s most influential landscape painters of the 20th century. This sculpture consists of three metal canoe forms standing upright and strung together with galvanized steel to become one form. The Boat Project uses the canoe vessel as a point of departure to explore ideas of journeys into the past and present.
Ernest Daetwyler studied at the Schule für Gestaltung, Bern, Switzerland, the Centro Europeo in Venice, Italy and received his Masters diploma from the Schule für Gestaltung, St. Gallen, Switzerland. His multidisciplinary projects, exhibitions and public interventions are being presented in Canada, the United States, Europe and internationally.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Présence Suisse, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) 2010 Exhibition of the Year Award, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, the Waterloo Region Arts Award in Visual Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, N.Y.
Location: Harrison Park on the Pleasure Island at 75 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound