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"My connection with Haydn, this gifted artist and exceptional gentleman,
was with his sculpture which is now located at the Cambridge Library and Art Gallery.
It has become a very special part of the Library/Art Gallery site, punctuating the fine architecture of the building and
underscoring the reality that the Library/ Gallery has, in fact, grown to become the community’s major arts centre.
You will also be pleased to know that Haydn’s sculpture continues to be well maintained.
I salute this Gentleman and Artist whose life and spirit has left a singular mark on the Canadian landscape of art,
ideas and humanity."
Eric Dewdney: Cambridge Art Gallery
with Haydn back in 1974 at McCann Erickson where I was a young
copywriter and Haydn was one of the most respected, and always best
dressed, senior executives. Haydn's name first caught my attention. I
couldn't figure out which vowel was missing.
I don't recall ever
having a conversation with Haydn, he was far too senior, but he
seemed to have something that the other execs did not. I never knew
what it was until one sunny day in the 70's when I stopped on my bike
near St. Clair Avenue to watch a man on his front lawn tinkering with
what looked to be a work of art in progress. It was Haydn. As far
from the advertising world as possible.
Over the years, I remarked
often to colleagues about yearning to do what Haydn had done, that
image of him on the lawn engrossed in art burning in my brain. I sold
my advertising agency in 2003 and now putter around with art stuff.
Not as courageous as Haydn to quit cold turkey - that takes guts, nor
nearly as talented, but loving it. Thanks for the inspiration Haydn!"
Jim Ranscombe: Toronto
"Haydn Davies is considered to be one of the country's leading contemporary constructivists."
Michael Burtch: Curator, Art Gallery of Algoma
Regarding the Destruction of "HOMAGE":
"Visual arts are not placed highly in the estimation of the public."
Alison Hymas: President, Royal Canadian Academy of Artists
"These people are supposed to be educated leaders of the community. What kind of example does that set?"
Aaron Milrad: Canadian Copyright and Intellectual Property Lawyer
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