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Earth Keeper Sculpture

Earth keeper was created in honour of Dr. David Suzuki for his contributions to environmental awareness and responsible environmental stewardship. As an advocate for sustainable ecology, Dr. Suzuki has distinguished himself as a leader and role model for future generations of Canadians.

The sculpture depicts a young naturalist reaching towards a frog perched at the opposite end of a large granite boulder. The figure embodies the sense of curiosity and wonder inherent in all young children.

The large granite rock on which the sculpture rests brings a piece of the Canadian Shield indoors, and resonates with the architecture of the foyer.

While the sculpture is intended to portray Dr. David Suzuki's accounts of his exploration of the woods and fields around Leamington, Ontario as a child, it is hoped that the sculpture will speak on a more universal level, encouraging the students of the Dr. David Suzuki Public School to take an active role in caring for and preserving our natural world.



Artist Biography

Andrew Ackerman

Andrew Ackerman is an Ontario based artist whose practice spans the disciplines of drawing, painting, and sculpture. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University in Toronto (2002), and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art in New York City (2005).

Andrew has worked professionally in the field of visual arts for more than 10 years.  He was an artist - technician at MST Bronze Art and Design Studios in Toronto (2000-2007), where he gained valuable experience in bronze casting, sculpture conservation and restoration.

His art has been exhibited widely in Canada and the United States.

Recently, one of his pieces was selected for the "Summer Juried Exhibition" (2008) at the New York Academy of Art (juried by Eric Fischl, Jenny Saville, and Vincent Desiderio). His work was also exhibited as part of an invitational exhibition of contemporary figurative sculpture, entitled "Eyes on Sculpture" (2008-2009, NYC).

He has completed a number of significant sculpture commissions in recent years, including a relief sculpture of Saint George for the Steve Stavro Monument (private commission, 2007), a Saint Michael sculpture (private commission, 2007), as well as a 2.7 metre tall Jack in the Pulpit sculpture (private commission).

In addition to his art practice, Andrew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, where he currently teaches courses in drawing, painting, and sculpture.

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