Weathervanes and Whirligigs exhibit opens at Toronto Pearson



    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - March is traditionally the windiest month of the
year, so it's fitting that the newest exhibition at Toronto Pearson
International Airport features objects that come to life in the wind. Wind
Work, Wind Play: Weathervanes and Whirligigs showcases more than 30 pieces of
wind-powered folk art from the collection of the Canadian Museum of
Civilization, located in Gatineau, Quebec.
    The weathervanes and whirligigs date from the 1870s to the 1970s, and
come from across Canada. They are examples of wind toys and tools that have
been part of the Canadian landscape for centuries, mounted atop barns, church
steeples and towers, or enlivening the yards of houses and farms.
    Sheldon Posen, Curator of Canadian Folklife at the Canadian Museum of
Civilization, learned something new when he organized this exhibition. He
says, "I've always loved old weathervanes, but I never knew how they really
worked. As it turns out (pun intended), weathervanes are more than just pretty
pointers." The exhibition will show how these beautiful pieces of folk
sculpture can help to predict what kind of weather is coming. Although many
Toronto Pearson passengers will find the exhibition educational, the show also
is whimsical - one whirligig depicts a fiddler and another features a cow
being milked. Of course in a real yard, the playing and milking accelerate as
the wind picks up.

    Wind Work, Wind Play: Weathervanes and Whirligigs is organized for the
GTAA by the Canadian Museum of Civilization. It is on display from March 7 to
June 11 in Gallery 120, across from Gate 120 in Domestic Departures, Terminal
1, Toronto Pearson International Airport.

    Background:

    Launched in April 2004, the GTAA Art and Exhibitions Program offers a
wide variety of engaging exhibits, with many developed in partnership with
museums, galleries and cultural and heritage institution on Ontario and
Canada. The GTAA works to promote the Greater Toronto Area's reputation as an
important cultural destination.

    The GTAA is the non-share, not for profit authority that operates Toronto
Pearson. All revenue generated by the GTAA is reinvested back into the
airport. In 2007, 31.5 million passengers travelled through Toronto Pearson.





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