Photograph by Ian Loveys
Gros Morne Whirl
by Mary-Ann Liu and Paul Slipper
(Stainless steel and vinyl)
Jenniex House, Norris Point
Norris Point, NL A0K 3V0
Paul Slipper and Mary-Ann Liu were selected to create a public artwork for the Gros Morne region of Newfoundland and Labrador as part of Canada 150, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Situated at the Jenniex House, a Municipal Designated Heritage Building in Norris Point, the 19-foot tall Gros Morne Whirl is a "wildlife-themed, wind-powered whirligig that pays homage to the region's natural environment." As indicated on the information panel, the various elements found in the artwork represent “a menagerie of local wildlife depictions such as caribou, moose, chickadees, humpback whales and mackerel and is a celebration of the environment, people and culture of Gros Morne National Park.”
The sculpture was unveiled on July 1, 2017.
Paul Slipper is a Vancouver-based stone sculptor. Mary-Anne Liu is a Vancouver-based multisiciplinary artist. Paul Slipper & Mary Ann Liu formally incorporated in 2014 to specifically create public art installations, although their unofficial partnership has been well established starting from the early days of art school at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. The two sculpting partners’ strengths complement each other, giving a wide range in conceptual and technical expertise. The process always begins with gaining a critical, and interpretive understanding of the art-site in order to express the spirit of place in way that is pertinent and accessible for all viewers.