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Joe Fafard // 1999

Shaw Conference Centre

This artwork is currently removed for conservation.

The large plasma-cut and powder-coated steel sculpture stands over three and a half meters high, recalling the magnificent size of a Bison. Its convex shape towers over and surrounds the viewer, drawing the viewer in to its centre.

The title can be traced back to the Cree word for Bison, revealing the influence of aboriginal culture and legends on the artist, as well as the inspiration from his Saskatchewan home on the Great Plains. The Bison is an animal of strength and symbolism. It represents food, clothing and shelter for our native western Canadian people,” according to the donor of the artwork, JR Shaw, Executive Chairman of Shaw Communications Inc. on whose property the sculpture sits.

Shaw Conference Centre