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Item Name: Photograph
Title: How to help animals escape from Natural History #1 (Bears) (study)
Maker: Bill Burns
Year: 1995
Country: Canadian
Materials: cibachrome print
Measurements: work: 25.4 cm x 20.5 cm
ID Number: ART 157
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: Born and raised in Saskatchewan, artist Bill Burns became acutely concerned for the safety of animals when, at the age of 5, air raid siren tests became apart of Regina’s soundscape because of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. His natural love of animals coupled with this experience led Burns to create a suite of safety gear prototypes, such as vests and gloves, for animals. This, along with photographs such as How to help animals escape from natural history #5 (Lion), call attention to the impact of extinct animal species and the human influence on the environments and habitats of all animals. Animals continue to be a theme throughout Burns’ work as the relationship between humans and animals is continuously evolving. Bill Burns (1957-) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He received his BFA in 1980 at the University of Victoria and his MFA in 1987 in England at Goldsmiths’ College at the University of London. Burns is known for both his visual art and his books. His first solo exhibition Safety Gear for Small Animals was first shown in 1994 at New York’s 303 Gallery and was exhibited at Dunlop Art Gallery in 2005 among other Canadian and international galleries. Burns’ books include Okay Behaviour (1993), How to Help Animals Escape from Degraded Habitats (1997), and Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us (2016), among numerous others.