January 29, 2004

Lexier Sports Award-Winning Work of Art
Calgary Herald, Saturday, January 24,2004

Artist Micah Lexier has turned an image of the Canadian flag blowing in the wind into a prize-winning work of art that celebrates athelic excellence.
Lexier 43, has been chosen to create an award for Canadian flag-bearers at the opening and closing of the Pan-American and Olympic and Paralympic games.
Sponsored by Petro Canada, the winning sculpture will be presented for the first time at a private reception following the opening ceremonies of the summer Olympic Games in Athens.
…”It’s an object that’s clearly a maple leaf, but a transformed maple leaf”, says Lexier. “The surface on the top will be very curved, much like a curve in the wind.” The final award – currently in production – will likely be finished next month, says Lexier. Roughly nine inches tall, it is cast from aluminum;the bottom will be sealed with a recessed plaque that bears the name of each recipient engraved on it.
…Lexier grew up in Winnipeg but now calls New York home. However, he still maintains close ties to Canada and, in fact, he says all of his work is fabricated in Toronto, where he is represented by the Robert Birch Gallery. He is represented by TrepanierBaer in Calgary. In New York by Jack Shainman Gallery….

Shelley Boettcher, Calgary Herald.