Random Order - Transition
Reflecting back, as one tends to do during a transition, as it is for Random Order, I can see the manifestation of my initial intent through the events that have befallen the work over the almost twenty years of its existence.
The vandalism, although not understood at the time, was the initial act that caused me to consider the positive effect a destructive (as opposed to creative) force has on something. The act of vandalism, the tipping of Random Order, allowed for an unforeseen and unintended perspective and made an everlasting mark on the character of the sculpture.
I returned to Barrie to affect the repairs. With the help of the SDVA faculty, staff and students I worked to repair and maintain Random Order during two two-week periods - one in the fall of 2003 and then again in the spring of 2004. The intact top half of Random Order was flipped over and placed back in the metal support. From there, I created a form on which I cut, glued, and screwed the new 2” x 4” sections to (re)complete the sphere
Altered from the attacks of vandalism and from the tests of time, Random Order was given a new lease on life. I brought it back from the brink of destruction and the possibility of removal from the campus. Now, in the summer of 2012, the sphere has become weather worn and weak to the point where the fabric of the wooden structure can no longer support a respectable and safe existence.
Random Order was dismantled on July 3rd, 2012. The event wa broadcast live (on the internet). To see the recording of the dismantling event visit http://randomorder.benoits.ca/ Speacial thanks to those who made the dismantling event happen. To Steve Benoit for setting up the camera and making the live broadcast work. Tamara Benoit for her skill in negotiating the administration and making the event come to fruition. To Bernice Vasey who came out of retirement to lead the dismantling process. Sean Benoit, Tim Lauren who offered their time and expertise during the dismantling.
Although removed from its almost two decade location, Random Order will continue to exist on campus through a preserved section of the sculpture placed in the central courtyard garden outside the Helen and Arch Brown Center for Design and Visual Arts on the Georgian College Barrie campus.
The support for Random Order from Georgian College and the School of Design and Visual Arts has been unconditional throughout the years. If not for the interest and energy of Alek Sorotschynski and Ted Fullerton the sculpture would have met a much sooner end, that I am sure. To the council offered by William Moore, the words of support and encouragement enabled in no small way the manifestation of the idea. To Tamara Benoit and Bernice Vasey for their work in preserving the sculpture and in so doing its significance within the community. To Laurie Lamoureux Scholes who, throughout it all, has never let me forget the importance of balance between what I think and what is required. To the friends and colleagues who have generously offered their support over the years, including Greg Amann, Steve Benoit, Tim Bilton, Mike Coughlin, Roy Hickling, Sue Hickling, Peter Koetsier, Wendy Koetsier, Tim Lauren, Peter Lee, John Lipskie, Mary Profit, Connie Spiegl, Janet Wilson, and others who volunteered in the various stages of creation and re-creation that Random Order has under gone...
* All photographs by Douglas Scholes, except both images of Random Order - Rolled (?) by Tamara Benoit.