WSP.2002.032

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ID Number

WSP.2002.032

Category

Communication Artifact

Sub-category

Art

Item Name

sculpture

Maker

Lazarus, Ian

Title

Consophia

Date

2000

Materials

STEEL; STAINLESS STEEL; PAINT

Measurements

18' high

Description

Consophia; painted steel with stainless steel chain; 18' high Two blue tubular steel triangles stand slightly at an angle to each other, with a tubular beam running horizontally between the two, suspended at each end by a stainless steel link chain attached vertically through the top and bottom of each triangle. The English translations of the Ojibwa writings on each side of the central beam are "sharing knowledge" and "inspired interaction."

History

Consophia was a titled coined by the artist Ian Lazarus, which means Wisdom among Friends. The script found on the centre beam is written in Ojibwa. Translated to English the message says shared knowledge inspires interaction. Consophia suggest harmony, interaction and communication. It was installed in the Odette Sculpture Park in 2000, in Steamboat Wharf at the foot of Bruce Ave. This 18 foot tall, stainless steel sculpture symbolically reflects communication across borders – standing as it does within the international border, linking Canada and the United States. With the carved Ojibway syllabics on the moving beam, it also presents the native ability to cross borders and communicate across countries. The sculpture presents sharing of feeling, compassion, emotion, inspiration, harmony and the conscious exchange to benefit many. The English translation of the Ojibway is sharing knowledge and inspired interaction. This translation further expands this sculpture’s metaphor of communication across culture, location and time. Ian Lazarus has two sculptures in the sculpture park: Consophia and Audio Corridor. In the Spring of 2014 the Windsor Star had a "Sculpture Park Showdown" contest similar to the bracket challenge for NCAA March Madness. There were 5 rounds in total. Consophia was out after round one.

Collection Name

Windsor Sculpture Park

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