U of S : Communications : OCN : Sep 5, 1997
The 1993 venue for the PSA's symposium was also in Saskatoon. The sculptures in the grassy field north of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre constitute the legacy of that - and the latest - symposium.
Gibney's oeuvre, featuring two large field stones (which come from the excavation of a basement in the Silver Heights district) and a number of others, is a recycling of an earlier work he did on the site during the 1993 symposium. Its vertical rises, cathedral window-like carving, and adjacent stones suggest gothic ruins.
Gibney says he came to find that the 1993 work was "too dispersed" and so decided to concentrate its energy by placing the stones closer together and re-sculpting them - mainly with an electric powered diamond blade.
Co-sponsored by the U of S as part of its 90th Anniversary celebrations, this year's symposium featured the work of eight other artists, namely: Mike and Colin Farnans, Elizabeth Yonza, Don Hefner, Jim Korpan, Steve Fortowsky, Theresa Wright, and Bryan Lane.