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The Syncrude Bison Gateway Project

Seven 4 meter tall siltstone Bison sculptures
average 35 tonnes each

Bison Gateway

Syncrude Canada Minesite

Ft. McMurray Alberta
Canada

The Bison Project began in 1993 with a small drawing (on left) which made its way onto Syncrude President & CEO Jim Carters' desk. The original concept was for a 2 dimension sign at the entrance to the minesite.
A series of meetings throughout 1994 broadened the project into a series of 3 dimensional larger than life sized sculptures of a moving herd of 7 bison. The siltstone materials were selected for the sculptures from the Syncrude minesite in January and February 1995.
The initial sculpting began in May 1995 with 2 workers from the nearby Ft. MacKay community. As work progressed into June, Brian's brother Randy Clark was brought in as Project Co-ordinator along with 10 more Ft. MacKay workers and Noremac Sandblasting to make up for rainy weather delays. The majority of work was accomplished through June & July, and completed by the end of August.

The Bison Gateway opening was held on September 3, 1995 with Alberta Premier Ralph Klein unveiling the sculptures to over 3400 people in attendance.

The sculptures attract over 4000 tourists a year to the Bison gateway.



An award-winning video......
"A Shared Vision", hosted by actor Tom Jackson, documented the project. Filmed by Vicom of Calgary.