Beginning with the Seventies
Judy Radul: World Rehearsal Court - Online Catalogue

Subscribe to our mailing list
Site Search:

 
 


  1. Robert Murray, Cumbria, 1966-67
    corten steel 425 x 900 x 450 cm

  2. Robert Murray's Cumbria in transit, August 2015. Photo: Owen Sopotiuk

Robert Murray's Cumbria to be restored and re-sited

Cumbria (1966–67), by Robert Murray (born Vancouver, 1936), has been removed from its site between the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Lasserre Building for restoration and re-siting. This monumental Minimalist sculpture, weighing approximately twenty tonnes, became compromised from corrosion of the bolts that held it together. The sculpture will be sandblasted, repainted, and then installed at a new location to be announced in the near future.

Cumbria was first exhibited at Sculpture ’67, a visual art celebration of Canada’s centennial at Toronto City Hall, and then at Battery Park in New York City. It returned to Canada in 1969 and became a featured artwork at the newly opened Vancouver International Airport. It was removed from the Airport in 1993 and put into storage. In 1995, Vancouver artist Toni Onley campaigned to have it resurrected. As it was damaged during its move to storage, Transport Canada agreed to have the sculpture re-fabricated and donated it to the University of British Columbia, the first large-scale public artwork to enter the University Art Collection since 1975.

Robert Murray is well known internationally for his large-scale steel sculptures. Another of his iconic works was recently restored in Los Angeles under the auspices of the Getty Foundation.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at jana.tyner@ubc.ca,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689