About the Spirit Catcher
The Spirit Catcher
The Spirit Catcher has been sited on Barrie’s waterfront, at the base of Maple Street since 1987. Initially developed for Vancouver’s EXPO ’86, Ron Baird created this sculpture to support the EXPO’s theme of transportation and communication. Influenced by the iconography of Indigenous oral traditions in the Pacific Northwest, the work references the Thunderbird. Originally installed at False Creek in Vancouver, this 20-tonne steel sculpture took over six months to produce. The sculpture is 21 metres high and has 16 kinetic quills, 2 wings, 3 legs and a pair of antennae. The Spirit Catcher is made of cor-ten steel, a steel that does not flake when it rusts, but instead retains its structural integrity. The artist has deliberately rusted the metal for aesthetic reasons.
The Spirit Catcher by Ron Baird (1986) is a work in the Permanent Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. In accordance with Canadian copyright law, the artist owns copyright of this artwork. Copyright laws exist to protect the economic and moral rights of the artist as the creator and to protect the artist from other people making money from the use of the artist’s creation. The artist, Ron Baird, has granted license to the MacLaren Art Centre to present this artwork, and to authorize its presentation and reproduction, and to control the use of images in accordance with existing copyright legislation. This agreement is valid for the life of the creator, plus fifty years. The terms of the agreement state:
a) Organizations wishing to reproduce a photographic image of the Spirit Catcher in print and/or electronic publications and communication materials must seek prior permission from the MacLaren. Permission will be granted provided the photography appropriately represents the artwork, gives the full credit — Spirit Catcher by Ron Baird, 1986, Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie — and that the materials bearing the image are used to celebrate the artist, the artwork, the visual arts and/or the City of Barrie. Reproduction and/or royalty fees may be required.
b) Not-for-profit organizations in Barrie may apply to the MacLaren to use a 2-D image reproduction of the Spirit Catcher as a part of their logo or graphic design to promote an event or cause, provided the objects/merchandize they produce are not for sale. This graphic can represent the Spirit Catcher in whole or part (detail) but not alone, and in any colour, and without credit to the artist, the artwork or the MacLaren. Requests from non-profit organizations are to be submitted to email@example.com for approval prior to use.
c) Any other requests (i.e. from for-profit organizations to use an image or graphic of the Spirit Catcher to advertise or promote a product or service, or requests to produce merchandise for sale, etc.) will be forwarded to the MacLaren board/executive for consideration. Reproduction and/or royalty fees may be required.
d) As legal owners of the artwork, the MacLaren Art Centre maintains exclusive reproduction rights for the Spirit Catcher in respect to 3-D replicas, 2-D printed images and other merchandize bearing the Spirit Catcher image for sale.
* Unfortunately until further notice, Requests for Reproduction of the Spirit Catcher are on hold