Siggy Puchta (1933 – 2015)
Siggy's original and limited edition works of art have been exhibited in the United States, Canada and internationally with work held in both private and public collections.
Always driven to capture the vitality, beauty and spontaneity of his creations, Siggy would completely immerse himself in his subject matter until he was certain he could portray a realistic effect. As member of the Sculptor Society of Canada and Ontario Society of Artists, he had his first one man exhibition in 1967. Over 5 decades, he amassed an impressive body or work in stone, bronze and wood. His explorations and curiosity left no world unturned, from the world of nature, both land and sea, to the world of high profile sports, to that of dance and ballet, equestrian life, Native American culture, to celebrating those everyday moments of life that are so important to us all. His notable high profile public designs include the memorial for Ted Rogers outside the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto. At Queens Park, the Ontario Police Memorial and Ontario Firefighters stand to commemorate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect others. While his landmark creation of Canada Geese at the Blue Water US-Canada border crossing continues to capture the imagination and attention of travelers. Siggy’s work in the celebrating the world of horse racing is also well known and his life size statue of Avelino Gomez, North America’s famous jockey, can be seen at Woodbine today. Some of his other commissioned works for major public and private corporations include; the Fred Gardiner Award, Marshal McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award, Marilyn Bell Award (first woman to swim lake Ontario in 1954) Calgary Cup Games, City TV Festivals of Festivals, Canadian Bar Association, US Mint, Enbridge Gas, ADIDAS, Bell Canada, Royal Bank to name a few. Born the son of a woodcarver and classically trained as wood carver himself, he remained self deprecating. In fact, many of his stone monuments that grace the city today go unsigned.
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