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Registered: December 2009
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During my studies at the University of Manitoba I found this outdoor statue and wondered about it and it was not until quite recently that I found out the history of the piece.

Work on the piece started in 1969 and finished in August of 1970. Royden Josephson was commissioned by the campus planning department as part of his Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis.

The idea for Climax came partly from the materials available with the two hemispheres having been collected by professor Tom Henderson and had been lying around the studio for a while. They became the essential elements and starting point for the sculpture said Josephson.

Influenced by his upbringing on a farm in rural Manitoba Josephson was experimenting with the ideas of prairie tools using steel as a medium for his art. The sculptures he made did not represent any real farm implement but were related.

Josephson and the maintenance department worked together to pick the colour of the paint initially used as well. This is how the sculpture was named. The paint colour was called climax.

Over the years the sculpture slowly deteriorated. Welds began to break and the overall integrity of the structure started to fail. It was clear the sculpture needed significant restoration and conversations on doing so started in 2010. However it was not until 2014 when these conversations began to take shape in a truly collaborative way between physical plant and people in campus art collections unit.

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· Date: Sun August 6, 2017 · Views: 196 ·
Keywords: climax, Royden Josephson, University of Manitoba
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Registered: November 2008
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Sun August 6, 2017 1:44am

Good notes again Jan and a quality photo. I am not a fan of modern sculptures, to each his own,

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sun August 6, 2017 4:06pm

Your post of the statue is so unique - truly a one of a kind. Great saturation and exposure.

Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1,763
Mon August 7, 2017 9:49pm

Unique picture and quite different from the statue of a person.

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