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Can anyone ID this sculpture?

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These view (including the postcard) are from 1967 - the sculpture was at the left of the pavilion :

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This photo was taken in 1982 - the France pavilion was now the Museum of Civilization (and it should had stayed with this vocation instead of becoming the casino!!!)

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This photo was taken after the opening of the casino - the sculture was moved further away from the pavilion - its stand in the middle of the parking entrance

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And finaly, the sculpture as it stand today:

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Roger

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Since you notice the Biosphere dome in the previous photo, you might like these 3 - Its always easy to make nice photos of the geodesic dome, no mater what season it is...

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Roger

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Roger, thank you VERY much for those photographs. They are wonderful and the three shots of the Biosphere are an extra bonus, In fact, those are the best photos I have seen. So many current images fail to do it justice. Many thanks to you and welcome to this site! Please keep posting.

It is also interesting to note that the sculpture has been relocated.

Jim

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Thanks for the input on the photos. No, there were no HRD imaging done on them and I use only a small amount of work in Lightroom on my photos. I simply got a great lens and the air was very clean both time. I'm not sure I would have gotten such crisp colors in the summertime.

Roger

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Re : your first photo

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I've been looking for the artist of this particular piece for a long time myself. And Eureka, I finally found him : The sculpture is named Anthropomotion III and the artist is Olivier Strebelle.

Preparatory Drawing for ‘Anthropomotion’ :

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He is a Belgian sculptor that also had a magnificent bronze sculpture with incrusted ceramic at the Bruxelles 1958 Expo calles Le Cheval Bayard.

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The sculpture from your photo Bill, which was at the side the Belgium pavilion in 1967 was made especially for Expo67. It was made of organic, bone-like forms that moved in complex, rhythmic dance, never repeating itself for 45 minutes. The outer forms were made of polished bronze, supported by an ingenious armature of gears and axles hidden inside. Strebelle was assisted by Francis André who did all the mechanic works.

Strebelle and André with the artwork in 1966, before it got shipped to Montreal :

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I'm not sure were it is now. If anybody knows what happened to that sculpture after 1967 (it was not there in 1968), I would appreciate very much the information.

He also made a very large environmental sculpture for the Bei­jing Olympic games. The artwork was a gift from the Belgium government. It's called "L'allée des athlètes" (Athletes alley)

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Roger

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re:

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Photo No 4

It's a sculpture/fountain by Ted Bilier (still looking for the name of the artwork!) It was located in the center of the Ontario Pavilion.

He had another piece also, at the Canadian Pavilion :

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Still looking for the "winged" sculpture...

Roger

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Another sculpture that needs a name. That's the "Man in the Community" pavilion in the back if it helps. This one is bugging me as I thought I had it listed somewhere but can't find it.

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The artist is Ron Baird - it was part of a group of six sculptures that symbolized the problems facing man and his cities : demographic explosion, limitation of birth, transition from an agricultural society to a technological society etc... I've never found the exact name for that sculpture and I'm not sure if it was named.

Ron Baird is a well know Canadian sculptor - he was just starting in 1967; for more info, is web site is very nice : http://www.ronbairdartist.com/

Roger

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It's funny that he doesn't list ANY of his Expo 67 works on his webpage. I wonder if they trashed his works after Expo and maybe that is the reason, pure speculation on my part.

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There is this limited info on another site.

Extract, "Baird describes his Expo pieces vividly - a 40-foot-tall kinetic birth control machine, a sardine can filled with children and a war sculpture with a penis, which when pulled, would produce soldiers. Avant-garde, some would say, graphic in their messages.

http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2011/08/26/spirit-catcher

I'm assuming Bill Cotter's pic is the 40 foot tall kinetic machine.

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I sent an email last year about these sculptures (email address on his site) but he never answered me and since I don't have any trace of were the sculptures are (and they are big!) I think you might be right Gabriel - they were destroyed and he is PO. He had sold the artwork to the Compagnie de l'Exposition universelle. He had 2 other sculptures et Expo 86, in Vancouver but he leased the artwork at that time.

Here is the "Sardine can with children"

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