Bear art

Dean Drever at the Toronto Sculpture Garden.

From deer grazing at Bay and Dundas to coyotes roaming the Beach, it’s been a bumper year for urban wildlife sightings. And in his outdoor art installation Bear Hunt, Toronto artist Dean Drever brings another species into the mix: neon-orange grizzlies.

Viewed from the streetcar during our grey, sans-snow December, Drever’s renderings of this regal animal initially seemed a bit shabby. 

In particular, his plywood platform showed wear and tear – not ideal for an ultra-pop colour scheme or a long-term install.

Fortunately, coming face-to-face with Drever’s sculptures increases their impressiveness level. Up close, I marvelled at the size of these creatures in relation to my puny human bod. Yes, Drever seems to have scaled them up a bit, but the incredible fearsome power of the animals is still well evoked.

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