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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: The Hiding
Maker: Garry Thurber
Year: 1988
Country: Canadian
Materials: Brazilian steatite
Measurements: overall: 21 in x 25 in x 23 in
ID Number: PC2014.3
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: You can touch this sculpture-- it tells a story! Be careful, though—it is made from soapstone, which is softer than other rocks such as granite or diamond. The Hiding was donated to the Dunlop Art Gallery by Dr. Roberta McKay and Elmer Brenner in 2014. It is one of nineteen whimsical soapstone sculptures that unconventionally illustrates a story he wrote for his children entitled Return to Atlantis. Based on the myth of the Lost City of Atlantis, this story is about the characters of Tamor and Olesia, and the rainbow people who live near the ocean. The Hiding, one of the larger sculptures, is roughly pyramid-shaped with fish, sea creatures, and underwater foliage carved in relief over the entirety of the stone. The stone is nearly three feet in diameter and height, and weighs nearly four hundred pounds. Each sculpture took four months of carving and polishing before it was finished. Garry Thurber was born in Candle Lake, SK, lived in Salt Spring Island, BC where he ran a studio gallery and ultimately came to live in Lumsden, SK. Interested in art-making from his early childhood, Thurber’s practice began as a therapeutic act: when he was seventeen years old, he suffered a fall at work and broke his neck, subsequently taking up painting and sculpting to regain fine motor skills and to pass the time during his lengthy recovery. Works from his series, Return to Atlantis, are in numerous private collections and he is work is represented in the collection of the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert.