News & Releases >> September 28 2007
Toronto. September 28th, 2007
Marathon Man I and Marathon Woman I sculptures by Inge Johnson, unveiled for Canadian All-comers record breakers at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Two unique sculptures by Canadian artist Inge Johnson were unveiled at this morning's press conference for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, to be run on Sunday, September 30th. "Marathon Man I" and "Marathon Woman I" will be presented to any man and woman who can run the fastest marathons-ever on Canadian soil—along with cheques for $20,000 each, from Scotiabank.
To receive Marathon Man I and a $20,000 cash bonus, the winning man will have to run under 2:09:55, to eclipse Waldemar Cierpinski's record from the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
To take home Marathon Woman I and an extra $20,000, the winning woman will have to go under 2:26:01, the time set by Romania's Lidia Simon at the World Championships Marathon when they were held in Edmonton in 2001.
ABOUT THE ARTISTInge Johnson was born and grew up in Trinidad, with a Barbadian engineer-father and a German artist-mother. She excelled at art in school, and was influenced not only by her mother, but by early dance and music training, and by the light and colour, the passion and energy of her native country. After school, she embarked on a 23-year career in broadcast television, initially as a camera person, following her interest in capturing images in motion. This career brought Inge to Canada in 1989.
For the past 5 years, she has been the Photo and Video Manager for the Canada Running Series and the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
"During this period," says Inge, "I've traveled to marathons around the world, from London to New York and Chicago, from the Czech Republic to China, Spain, and Mexico, trying to capture the image of the marathon. One cannot help but be awed by the passion of elite marathoners, their dedication and sheer determination. 'Run 'til you drop; run hard or don't bother'! I wanted to give something back, by capturing something of this 'passion in motion' in Marathon Man I and Marathon Woman I. There's so much of Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon 2006 in these works: Malgorzata Sobanska's right arm and stomach, Regina Yamin's rolled-over shorts, Giitah Macharia's right leg, parts of Joseph Nsengiyumva…. I do so hope that someone claims them on Sunday."
Inge crafted these unique bronze pieces, mounted on Canadian cherry-wood bases, at the Al Green Sculpture Studio in downtown Toronto where she spends most of her time, when she's not on the back of a motorcycle 'shooting' a marathon somewhere.
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon can be seen "live" on CBC Country Canada television, and on broadband at www.cbcsports.ca, starting at 7am Sunday. For further viewing information see: www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/spectators.htm.