Monday, November 29, 2010

Turtle Island - Toronto Zoo

Turtle Island

Indigenous Peoples across North America refer to the land on which they live as Turtle Island. Sculptor David M. General has appropriately titled an outdoor stone work created for the Turtle Island Conservation Partnership – Turtle Island. The work, an assemblage of marble, slate and limestone is fashioned to represent both a continent and an amphibian. Turtle is prominent in creation stories; as a clan symbol; in music; art and as the basis for indigenous lunar calendars. Flat stone has been used to simplify the shell on Turtle Island to highlight a thirteen section pattern – thirteen cycles of the Moon.

David M. General

David is Oneida and a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River, near Brantford, Ontario. Prior to his art career David worked as a Journeyman Bridge and Structural Steel Ironworker, an Elementary School Teacher and an Arts & Culture Officer with the federal government. David’s career as a full time artist began in 1980 and for 30 years he worked and developed a distinctive style for work, mainly in marble and bronze. David’s art related serve includes Co-Chair for the Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry and a Trustee with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario.

In addition to his art, David’s Lacrosse coaching career is highlighted by five national “A” titles that include Minor, Junior and Major Championships. This earned David induction into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame. David also served several years on the Six Nations Elected Council, first as a Councillor and then as Elected Chief from 2004 to 2007.

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