Art Gallery of Hamilton celebrates 25th anniversary of one of its most popular sculptures


Published October 22, 2021 at 10:14 am

The Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) is hosting a unique event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of its most popular sculptures.

The Bruegel-Bosch Bus is the work of Canadian artist, Kim Adams, and it consists of a 1960 Volkswagen that appears as a post-industrial universe displaying a cornucopia of fantastic worlds that blend humour, satire, and seriousness.

Made of fantasy icons and characters well recognized and enjoyed by all ages, the Bus draws upon urban fantasies, post-apocalyptic landscapes, and a variety of different times and cultures.

“Visitors of all ages have been revelling in this work for ages – returning again and again, sometimes over their lifetime,” said Melissa Bennett, AGH Curator of Contemporary Art in a press release.

“The Bus allows folks to expand their imagination—creating their own stories and interpretations, inspired by Adams’s many miniature worlds. We are so thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion with the community.”

To celebrate Adams’ iconic work that has captured the imagination of Hamiltonians for generations, the AGH is launching a full-colour catalogue of the piece and is inviting members of the public to meet the artist himself and perhaps help create a masterpiece in the process.

On Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the gallery is hosting a free evening of family-friendly fun to mark the milestone.

Families are encouraged to come costumed to the gallery to participate in a drawing activity and a communal sculpture building exercise. Attendees are asked to pre-register for the event.


Kim Adams surveys his Bruegel-Bosch Bus sculpture at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. — AGH handout

At the same time, the AGH is also announcing a new partnership with the Hamilton Public Library (HPL) whereby the public can enjoy complimentary admission to the Art Gallery of Hamilton using the AGH Family Pass card available to be signed out from the HPL.

The pass provides free day-use entry to the AGH for up to six people including two adults, and up to four children.

Check their websites for more information on the AGH and HPL.