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September 23, 2009
Fall sculpture installation to be unveiled at Toronto Sculpture Garden
The Toronto Sculpture Garden exhibition Bear Hunt, by the Haida artist Dean Drever will officially open October 7 at 4:30 p.m. with a reception, and continue through to April 15, 2010. In this installation, four orange bears move together towards and through a waterfall wall, then disappear.

Artist Dean Drever describes his sculpture, "The bears' movement through space signifies transition, migration, change and loss. By situating the bears diagonally through the space, I have tried to transform the natural environment into a supernatural arena or a space between reality and myth. The water wall becomes the membrane between two realms and the unnaturally bright colour of the bears accentuates a growing division between socio-cultural understandings of the natural world and the physicality of the natural world itself."

Bears have no known predators and therefore exist in a position of supreme power. Many cultures hold the bear as a symbol of purity, strength, dominance and authority; the Haida believe that the bear is a supreme being, embodying extraordinary physical and supernatural powers. The bear is protective and permanent, patient and full of fortitude. Yet, it exhibits an unchallenged potential for violence, giving form to forces of desire and repression present in contemporary intersections of language, myth, culture and nature.

Dean Drever was born in Edmonton, Alta and is a Member of the Haida First Nation. In 1998, he received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Dean has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows across Canada and internationally. In recent years he had a solo exhibition at the Edmonton Art Gallery, and has shown at White Columns in New York City, Cooper Gallery in Dundee, Scotland and the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Saskatchewan. Drever currently lives and works in Toronto and is represented here by gallery MKG127.

The Toronto Sculpture Garden is a City of Toronto park located at 115 King Street E. open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. The garden was developed through the sponsorship of the Louis L. Odette Family, the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, and has featured more than 80 artists in 60 exhibitions since it opened in 1981. Exhibitions are funded by the non-profit L.L.O. Sculpture Garden Foundation and administered by the garden's director, Rina Greer, working with a volunteer art advisory board.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Rina Greer, Director, Toronto Sculpture Garden, 416-515-9658,;



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