Infinity

Photo by John Dean

Photo by John Dean

I can never just walk by Jonathan Jones’ work Infinity at the Winnipeg Art Gallery because the students on my tours all want to stop and look at this brightly lit sculpture. Jones who is from Australia gave the piece to the Winnipeg Art Gallery as a tribute to Manitoba’s Metis people.  The Metis flag has an infinity symbol on it. 

On a visit to Fort Whyte our guide showed us the Metis flag with the infinity symbol

On a visit to Fort Whyte our guide showed us the Metis flag with the infinity symbol

The infinity symbol on the flag represents the idea that the Metis culture will live forever. The symbol can also be seen as two joined circles because Metis culture is a blend of aboriginal and European (primarily French) cultures.jonathan_jonesJonathan Jones who created Infinity is an aboriginal artist from the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi people of Australia. His sculpture Infinity is made with flourescent tubing, electric cables and steel.  Jones says one goal of his body of artwork is to illuminate issues relating to race and  identity. 

Tribute to Great Chiefs of the Past by Daphne Odjig

Tribute to Great Chiefs of the Past by Daphne Odjig

It is very fitting that Infinity is on display in the Winnipeg Art Gallery at the same time as the major exhibit 7: Professional Native Indian Artist Inc. and at the same time as……

cathy busby we are sorry

Cathy Busby’s We Are Sorry banners which display apologies from both the Australian and Canadian prime ministers for the way the First Nations people of their countries were treated in the past and in particular for the damage inflicted by residential schools in both countries. jonathan jones infinity

It is said that shortly before his death in 1885 Metis leader and Manitoba founder Louis Riel wrote a prophetic statement in his journal.  ‘My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.’

Perhaps the works Infinity and We Are Sorry as well as the four rooms at the Winnipeg Art Gallery devoted to the exhibit  7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. are proof that Riel’s prophecy is coming true. 

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