Bergen Sculpture Park 2012
After participating in sculpture symposia in other countries Bergen Artist Morton Burke felt that the events and the resulting art works are something that should be hosted here in Canada. Over a five year period he was unable to convince a community in Alberta to be home to take up his idea so he just decided to go ahead and do it himself at his acreage in Bergen. He was quite sure that although the pomp and ceremony that is normal at these events in other countries would be absent, the grassroots nature of his concept would be interesting enough to attract sculptors from around the world. The first year Morton chose 5 sculptors names from a hat, 19 of 20 friends that he sent invitations to replied they would love to create a sculpture in Canada. In it's fourth year (2011) 178 proposals for participation were recieved!! The participants stay together in his home during the month long event and work each day except Tuesdays when they take a trip to see some Alberta sights. Go to earlier blogs to follow the creation of each of the sculptures in the park, following are pictures of each of them along with the artist's interpretation.
This is a view of one area of the park, in the forground is "Desire to Be" in marble by Gerard Motondi of Kenya. Gerard was the gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Sculpture Olympics, it is wonderful that we are able to see original works of this great artist and others right here in our own back yard. Also pictured are "Prelude"- Carlos Valezquez (Cuba), "Movement in Space"- Peerapong Dongkeaw (Thailand), "Reflection"- Tanja Roeder (Germany), "Maintain" Nguyen Tan Cuong (Viet Nam), "The Gates to Heaven, Everybody can go" - Chander Parkash (India) and "Ying and Yang" Tran Viet Hung (Viet Nam). These and 12 other monumental stone sculptures are nicely displayed at the sculpture park, open daily from 10am - 5pm. When you are in the Sundre area a trip to the Bergen Sculpture Park is well worth making. Young and old alike will appreciate this wonderful collection of international art in a beautiful country setting. Admission $2 per person.
From the Sundre A&W travel south 6.4 km
West (right) on TWP 3.2 ---1.6 km
South (left) on Rng Rd 5.4 --- 5km
Below are photos of all of the suclptures along with some information about each of them.
Bergen Rocks 2008
Peerapong Duongkaew, Thailand
Peerapong's sculpture depicts a man diving through the air with a baby on his back. His objective with this sculpture was to create a feeling of lightness and movement from a heavy material. Well done!!
Nguyen Tan Cuong, Vietnam
There are many problems in the world that man has created such as wars, drugs, pollution and discrimination. Now the world is a smaller place and we interact more than ever, we aren't doing the best job of that. If everyone made a small change in how we treat the earth and each other, and we maintain that change, the world could be a better place. It doesn't need to be a big change, only a small one like the pearl of wisdom in the palm of the hand.
Tran Viet Hung, Vietnam
The stylized figure balanced on the top of the column represents a family. The largest form is the man, recessed in the man is a woman with hair flowing down her back. The negative space represents a baby. Hung's statement about this sculpture "Family is a good balance for your life."
Vahe Tokmajyan, Armenia
Three sea shells represent three moods of the sea: Peace, Tranquility and Turbulence.
Paul Patrick Haggins, Ireland
Paul wanted to create a sculpture that depicts the ancient culture of Canada and of Ireland.