Abraham Anghik Ruben Sculpture Unveiled at WAG-Qaumajuq

Abraham Anghik Ruben. Time to Play, 2020. Indiana limestone. Collection of the WAG. Commissioned by Tannis M. Richardson, CM, LLD. 4

WAG-Qaumajuq unveiled a landmark new sculpture by Inuit artist Abraham Anghik Ruben this week outside of Qaumajuq.

The stone carving, titled Time to Play, is part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s collection and was commissioned by Tannis M. Richardson. Carved from Indiana Limestone, the large sculpture features a family of bears, playfully climbing over one another. Time to Play will welcome visitors to Qaumajuq’s outdoor plaza, named Nutaaq Tummaqtuyuq, Inuvialuktun for “big steps forward” which is made possible by The North West Company and its current and former directors.

Watch this video to to learn more!



3 responses to “Abraham Anghik Ruben Sculpture Unveiled at WAG-Qaumajuq”

  1. Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad says:

    What a wonderful addition to Qaumajuq and the plaza! Thank you for these wonderful videos keeping us all informed as we await the formal opening. Congratulations, Abraham! It will be a well-loved sculpture and daily reminder of the fragility and resilience of the Arctic — and the responsibility of all!

  2. Miriam Duff says:

    Thank you for this wonderful, accessible work of art, highlighting the importance of play, development and the fundamental base of attachment that loving parental presence fosters. Congratulations and thanks Abraham for creating this wonderful sculpture and to Tannis for supporting this vision being brought into the world to be held and enjoyed by our community!

  3. Pamela Jeffrey says:

    I am new to Winnipeg having lived here for only 3 1/2 years – but it feels like I have come home and I share the perspective that Tanis Richardson expressed when she spoke of cherishing what we have here…..nature, wildlife and community. This sculpture honours and embodies these things and I am grateful to be living in this very special part of our country.

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