RE-HERD is a fascinating, organic installation by interdisciplinary artist Adrian Stimson, honouring the memory and resilience of the Great Plains bison. During the two-week period of Prairie Scene, Adrian invites members of the public to participate in a symbolic re-population of the herds, by painting one of 4,000 hydro-stone bisons. These distinct and powerful creations will then take their place on a giant map of the Prairies, figuratively re-imagining the creatures’glorious past, and realizing a unique work of collective, interactive art.
A source of enormous inspiration for the artist and for the First Nations peoples of the Prairies, the plains bison are estimated to have once numbered almost 75 million. Decimated postcontact, almost to the point of extinction, the herds are now making a comeback.