The Sherbrooke Record - Dec.12, 2000
‘The Displaced Arc’ finds home in Valcourt
David Sorensen’s sculpture installed at Bombardier
by Catherine Dean
‘The Displaced Arc‘ has landed. David Sorensen’s popular sculpture which has delighted the public since1986 at the entrance hall of Salle Maurice O’Bready at the University of Sherbrooke has been moved to the Centre Culturel Yvonne L.Bombardier at the Bombardier plant in Valcourt.
At the expense of the University of Sherbrooke, the 1600-pound, 36 ft. long, laminated Douglas fir sculpture was moved to Valcourt by Martineau Demenagement yesterday.
The sculpture, acquired by the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, will initially be housed inside the cultural centre, which also presented a bilingual video of the artist’s work on Monday.
“For us, it’s very important -important enough to open the walls to accept the sculpture,” said Sylvain Descoteaux, director of Bombardier’s cultural centre. “We removed two windows and opened one wall to accommodate the sculpture. We have done a lot, but the sculpture merits a lot.”
In the spring, the “Displaced Arc” will take its final place.
When David Sorensen comes home after an art exhibition in the United States, he will refinish the sculpture and it will be displayed outdoors. We want to do a sculpture garden and he will be the first artist to open the way for us. This is a very important public sculpture,” said Descoteaux.
The sculpture is symbolic to the Bombardier company in a number of ways.
“For the company, wood was a very important building material,” explained Descoteaux, “but important to business, too. The first vehicle Bombardier made was for use in the in the forestry industry. In the sculpture you can see the world-the opening of the spirit without limits. If we complete the sculpture, we would reach a limit. This is a sculpture that is opened to the world.”
Next week, an exhibit of three of Sorensen’s large paintings will take place, including Maja Desnuda and the Elamite. A proposal is underway for the company to purchase Maja Desnuda, an 8’ x 6’ oil on canvas. In the spring, there are plans for a larger showing of Sorensen’s paintings.
The director of the centre is pleased that a work by a Townshipper will be at the heart of the sculpture garden.
‘We want to inform the public of the good relationships between French and English society for more than 200 years in the Townships,” Descoteaux enthused.” It is important to share activities with English society and Townshippers. We have exhibited with (the group) Creatio and we have had 10 artists from Georgeville present their works with us. In the future, we’d like to do a special historical centre. Our history starts with the English Townshippers and the relationship between the Indians, English and French. We hope also to acquire some native works.”
Sorensen is in Mexico taking on the inspiration of its colors and textures. An exhibition of his work is currently on display there. His painting will travel to Colorado in 2001.
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