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Kootenay Life Obelisk

Modern Man Does Research

Year: 2023
Medium: Recycled stainless steel cookware
Price: $15,000
Dimensions: 7' 3' 5'


Ronald Simmer

Burnaby, BC

We, the most connected civilization ever on earth are spiralling down the toilet while distracted by narcissistic trivia.

Burnaby artist Ron Simmer works with found materials, searching for discards that speak to him with the promise of creations to amaze, tickle, surprise or give pause to think. His inspiration comes from his background – commercial fisherman, steel fabricator, construction worker, boat builder - and his contact with nature through kayaking, sailing, skiing and hiking. An Emeritus Librarian (UBC), Ron operates a professional patent search service on top of his thriving artistic career.

Modern Man Does Research, ingeniously fashioned from recycled stainless-steel cookware, demonstrates how the most connected civilization on earth is “spiralling down the toilet while distracted by narcissistic trivia.”

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