Pictured above: Life Boat, from The Age of Atomic Anxiety, Artist-in-residence exhibition, Diefenbunker Museum, Ottawa, 2016-2017
Kitchen Anatomy, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, 2010
Interbellum, Ottawa School of Art Gallery, Ottawa, 2013
Anna Frlan has upcoming series of sculptures to be installed in 2023 behind three bus shelters located on Rideau Street near Sussex Drive and William Street.
The Navigators: Bees, Birds & Butterflies / Nos grands amis navigateurs : les oiseaux, les abeilles et les papillons is a series of thirteen stainless steel sculptures. The concept correlates the busy public transit site of Rideau Street to the flight paths and navigational abilities of birds and flying insects found in Ottawa.
The north shelter, dedicated to bees, depicts the meandering flight path of the bee incised with the schedule and times of bus route #6. This 16’ long sculpture is flanked on both sides with bee wings that are intricately cut with a honeycomb pattern, referring to the bee’s desire to return to the hive.
The theme of the south east shelter represents the ability of birds to sense weather conditions through their filoplumes to ensure safe flight. Nine bird feathers, ranging in height from 5 to 8 feet, each detail specific meteorological symbols such as atmospheric pressure, wind speed and visibility.
A 9’ long panel behind the south west shelter depicts a butterfly being guided by the magnetic lines of the earth and the radiating form of a flower blossom.