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Sculpture Garden


The Sculpture Garden is one of wonder and enjoyment, as visitors are led on a walking tour of the twice-life-size bronze sculptures along a winding garden path. Their size, effect, and impact is dramatic and significant.

The nine sculptures, donated by well known Canadian artist Ivan Eyre, is part of the McMichael's permanent collection. Eyre is perhaps best known for his large landscapes and mythological paintings—like his drawings, Eyre's sculpture is a complex synthesis of many elements of Western and non-Western influences.

Eyre's career has been marked by a long list of awards and distinctions. In 1988, The Personal Mythologies/Images of the Milieu exhibition opened the new National Gallery in Ottawa. In 1998, the Pavilion Gallery and Museum was opened in Winnipeg, with the entire third floor devoted to rotating exhibitions of his work as a painter, draftsman, and sculptor.

The Sculpture Garden's beautiful, spectacular artistic ensemble and its place at the McMichael reinforces the gallery's mission to showcase the land as artistic muse and provide visitors with a deep appreciation of the relationship between art and nature.

In celebration of the new gift from the artist, the gallery presented the accompanying exhibition, Ivan Eyre: Sculpture In Context, which was on display from May 7 to August 14, 2011.


Installation of the Ivan Eyre sculptures is generously funded by the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation, Richardson Foundation, and Friends of R.T.E. Gillespie. The installation of the new Sculpture Garden, as well as the redevelopment and enhancement of the grounds, began in the fall of 2010.

Visitors stroll through the McMichael Sculpture Garden and take in the awe-inspiring scenery.

Visitors stroll through the McMichael Sculpture Garden and take in the awe-inspiring scenery.

Yell - Ivan Eyre

Ivan Eyre  b. 1935
Yell, 2010
223.5 x 152.4 x 182.9 cm

Sun Gown - Ivan Eyre
Ivan Eyre  b. 1935
Sun Gown, 2010
228.6 x 167.6 x 142.2 cm

Ivan Eyre with Lady Love
Artist Ivan Eyre with sculpture, Lady Love
Ivan Eyre  b. 1935
Lady Love, 2010
223.5 x 137.2 x 198.1 cm

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