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"Female Wall" sculpture by Ted Bieler (1967)
Ted Bieler is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Visual Arts, York University. I thought I would ask him a question about the location of his sculpture at Expo 67.
Professor Bieler revealed that the Female Wall sculpture "was placed on a brick plinth outside" the Canadian Pavilion. "It is in a catalogue written by Bill Withrow on the art at the Canadian Pavilion," he said.
However, the one displayed above in the picture is not the original. Professor Bieler explains: "An FRP [fiberglass reinforced plastic] version of the original concrete version that was at EXPO is in the collection of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa and is mounted on a wall in a courtyard just off Sussex Drive in Ottawa."
The replica is located in the "Tin House Court", just north-west of the Market Mall, at 22 Murray Street (that runs off of Sussex Drive.) Look for the wall annexed to "Sussex House" in the "Tin House Court" and you will have found the Female Wall.
And what exactly happened to the original sculpture? Once again Professor Bieler explains:
"After Expo 67 Female Wall was put, or more probably summarily dumped, at an
outdoors storage lot either in Ottawa or Montreal, I am not sure. The
National Capital Commission came to me in 1986, I think, with the request to
repair a very damaged Female Wall in view of installing it in Ottawa.
- Researched by John Whelan, October 29, 2008.