Yukon Seasons

Commissioned by Adriano Bigotta, 1999; Westmark Whitehorse Hotel lobby permanent display 2004-2006; Acquired by Yukon Permanent Art Collection and installed at the Canada Games Centre (CGC), Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, 2006; stolen Sept 2007, dubbed by media ‘The Great Antler Heistand ‘Yukon’s Own Thomas Crowne Affair’; recovered March 2008; restored, broken tine affixed by Valery Monahan, Conservator, Museums Unit, Tourism and Culture, Yukon Government (YG); reinstalled in CGC by the Hon Elaine Taylor, Minister of Tourism and Culture (YG), the Hon Bev Buckway, Mayor of Whitehorse and the artist, Dec 2009; damaged by smoke from CGC fire June 2011; cleaned and tine fix improved by Valerie Monahan; reinstalled in CGC by the Hon Mike Nixon, Minister of Tourism and Culture, YG, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Dec 2011

The theme of this completely carved moose antler and skull set is the four seasons of the Yukon, hence the name, ‘Yukon Seasons.’ Winter and Spring are represented by a variety of sharply angled patterns on the left antler – snowflakes, ice fog, stars and the break up of river ice and features an Alaska-Yukon moose (Alces alces gigas), Yukon wolf (Canis lupus pambasileus) and Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis). Summer and Fall are represented on the right antler by the swirling, curvaceous patterns of the sun, mountains, bushes and waterfalls and features three Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos), one fishing for Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). The skull combines angled and curved patterns from all four seasons and features the Northern raven (Corvus corax), Yukon’s official bird for all seasons.

Publications:  Arabella; Hi Fructose; Branch Magazine: Wild (cover); Wildlife Art Journal; Trophy Rooms from Around the World: Vol 5; Yukon News; Whitehorse Daily Star; L’Aurore Boréale

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