Glenbow offers a range of special exhibitions each year welcoming the best of international travelling exhibitions as well as drawing from its extensive collections.
May 23 - September 27, 2015
Glenbow is pleased to bring Gun Sculpture to Calgary. This highly engaging exhibition features Sandra Bromley and Wallis Kendall’s monumental Gun Sculpture alongside photographs of victims of gun violence, a documentary video, and interpretive materials to create a shared space of reflection, remembrance, discussion and healing.
The Gun Sculpture makes manifest the impact of guns and their proliferation throughout the globe. In 1995, artists Sandra Bromley and Wallis Kendall embarked on a five-year quest to produce this work of art. Seeking donations from around the world, the artists acquired guns from across North and Central America, and from as far and wide as South Africa, Ireland and South Korea. In the end, over 7000 guns were acquired and deactivated. They were then welded together in the shape of a massive dark cube measuring 8’ tall, 12’ long and 8’ wide. A tomb that is entered through a yawning side-door, the walls of this sculpture are comprised of handguns, rifles, semi- and fully automatic weapons, landmines, grenades, rocket launchers and bullets. The Gun Sculpture is accompanied by haunting photographs of individuals who are victims of and, in some cases, survivors of gun violence. Together these photographs and the Gun Sculpture demand our attention. Here, we cannot ignore the sheer volume of small arms found throughout our world, and the undeniable trauma that they wield.