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Avocados by Illarion Gallant

Avocados by Illarion Gallant
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Artwork DescriptionGranite avocados with 14 foot-high aluminum chopsticks.
Artwork StatementThe purpose of the work was to touch on urban redevelopment and the imposition that such work imposes on the landscape. Stated bluntly, this work was intended to act as a Shiatsu treatment to reline the earth.

About Illarion Gallant

DatesMay 12, 1957 Toronto, ON
Artist BioCurrently principal of Rusnak Gallant Ltd. Design - construction and consultation for private and public landscape and art projects.
Artist Resume1996 Emily Carr Institute of Art and DesignBachelor of Fine Art 1992-1997; Emma Lake Artist's Workshop1983-1988; Emily Carr College of Art and Design Diploma Fine Art, Sculpture; 1985-1986 Staatiche Academy Karlsrule, Germany, Sculpture; 1985 Lindabrunn Stone Symposium, Lindabrunn Austria; 1996 BC Care Awards; 1988 Emily Carr College of Art and Design Merit Award; 1987, 1985, 1984 BC Cultural Fund Senior Scholarship; 1986 Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, Award of Merit.


Artwork TypeSculpture
MediumSix tons Campbell River granite, aluminum
DimensionsFive meters high, the dispersed piece is in an area of six meters.
Reference #3772
SiteEntrance to Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street.
Art CategoryPrivately Held Public Art
Selection ProcessPrivate: Rezoning Amenity
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: James Bay



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