More Works By Adam Monture & Jeremy Freiburger Aluminum 2023
76 × 120 × 9.5 in 193.04 × 304.8 × 24.13 cm

About Bear

The majesty of woodland animals is celebrated in these striking metal sculptures by the Six Nations Mohawk artist Adam Monture. Monture’s beautiful paintings of woodland animals—bears, deer, wolves, turtles, loons and herons were re-imagined as 3-dimensional sculptures hand forged from aluminum. Each animal and bird appears as a ‘double’—one image mirrors the other; the exterior sculpture painted a dramatic matte black with two animals facing one another. LED lights lit at night add to the drama of the sculptures by casting shadows.The project featuring 10 animals was first installed in Hamilton as part of the city’s Winterfest celebration.

“That (installation) all started from the one painting, from the bear painting.” Adam Monture

A self-taught artist Adam Monture had created a series of colourful paintings called “The Woodlands After Dark”; one of which—‘the bear’ had been purchased by Jeremy Freiburger. Freiburger works with Cobalt Connects, a non-profit that supports cultural projects. In collaboration with Freiburger, the images from Monture’s paintings were used to create these sculptures.