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Molly's Original Cake Shop Medallion by Robert Wise and Christian Giroux

Molly's Original Cake Shop Medallion by Robert Wise and Christian Giroux
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Artwork DescriptionOne of three decorative manhole covers; casting by Achinback Industries and Foundry.
Artwork StatementThe medallion design relates both to the specific, historical conditions of the area and to a universal level of experience surrounding a specific era that touches all viewers regardless of age, socio-economic or cultural background. The design references life in the 1950s, a period that remains well within living memory but for which few physical traces remain. Molly's Original Cake Shop affords an economical and still-stylish emblem, hauntingly familiar and strangely otherworldly.

About Robert Wise and Christian Giroux

Artist BioRobert Wise is a sculptor and designer who has lived in Vicoria his whole life. He has exhibited his sculpture throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, and has completed two large public commissions in Victoria. For over 25 years he has designed and crafted moderist lighting fixtures and furniture in a variety of media, including stained glass, cast bronze, aluminum, stone and wood. Christian Giroux is an artist, writer, and curator. He taught in the Visual Art Department at the University of Victoria and is now a professor in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.
Artist ResumeRobert Wise 1990: BFA Honours, studio painting, University of Victoria 1975: Drawing and Painting, Victoria College of Art 1990: The Helen Pitt Award, University of Victoria. Christian Giroux 1993-95: MFA, studio painting and sculpture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 1989-93: BFA Honours, studio painting and sculpture, University of Victoria 1993: The Helen Pitt Award, University of Victoria.


Artwork TypeSite Integrated
Unveiled dateApril 28, 2002
Dimensions596 mm diameter
Reference #3763
SiteIn sidewalks, between Hillside and Bay on Quadra Street.
Art CategoryCommunity Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: By Jury - Open Competition
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: Hillside-Quadra



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