A catalogue produced to support the very first outdoor exhibition of sculpture held by the Society, which was sponsored by Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Limited. The cover image takes a reductionist approach to the relationship between the work and the space it occupies. This reflects the Society’s belief that exhibiting outdoors provides a very specific set of challenges for sculptors, as “The open space is cruel; it does not add anything; it rather takes away. It strips off all non-essentials; it forces sculpture to stand on its own and be important enough to justify its being there.”
The Sculptors’ Society of Canada was founded in 1928 by Canadian sculptors Frances Loring, Florence Wyle, Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Emanuel Hahn, Henri Hébert and Alfred Laliberté. The original mandate of the society, and still relevant to this day was: to raise the profile of Canadian sculpture nationally and internationally, to rally and encourage sculptors working at a professional level, to discover and foster young talent and to educate the public and community-at-large regarding sculpture.