Moss grows in his beard, and his nose was chipped off by some thoughtless vandal. Yet “The Hippy” survives more than 50 years after he was carved in 1967 from a single piece of granite by William Koochin, a Canadian artist. This larger than life-size sculpture faces the Forest School Nature Centre in High Park, #Toronto
This sculpture was created during an International Sculpture Symposium held in High Park in celebration of Canada’s centennial. Artists from around the world were invited to submit proposals, and ultimately 12 were selected, including four from Canada. The artists worked on site in High Park, using the Forest School to store their tools. Ten sculptures were completed, seven of which remain in High Park on what is now called Sculpture Hill. "The Hippy" wears sun glasses that spell out "100" to mark Canada's centennial year; and on his lapel he has a badge proclaiming "Love" since 1967 was known as the summer of love and flowers.
William ("Bill") Koochin (1927-2017) was born in the interior of British Columbia near Castlegar, and studied at the Vancouver School of Art and in Paris. He taught sculpture at Emily Carr University from 1961-1988. One of this best-known sculptures is of Rick Hansen, commemorating the tenth anniversary of his “Man in Motion” world tour.
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