Saturday, December 12, 2009
Bill Lishman: Man of All Seasons
Artist, sculptor, filmmaker, author, art director, inventor, pilot, naturalist, entrepreneur.
William Lishman is a versatile artist of world renown. His works over the past Three decades include two award winning films and numerous works of public art, which include an 86-foot high central theme Sculpture for Expo ‘86 in Vancouver and a 2700 square foot 21st century earth integrated dome home. He and seven pieces of his sculpture star in the acclaimed 3D IMAX film the “Last Buffalo.”
Bill was one of the pioneers of ultralight flight in Canada and in 1988 became the first human to lead birds in formation. In 1993 he led the first experimental migration of geese from Ontario to Virginia, which was documented by ABC's 20/20.
Bill's autobiography was published and released by Crown Publishers and made number four on the bestseller list in Canada loosely based on Bills life Columbia Pictures produced the hit feature film Fly Away Home released in the fall of 1996
Bill has received numerous awards including the Odyssey of the Mind's prestigious Creativity Award, which he shares, with the likes of Walt Disney, Chuck Jones and NASA as well as Canadian Pilots and Owners Association’s highest award in general aviation. In September of 2000 Canadian Governor General Adrienne Clarkson bestowed the Meritorious Service Medal on Bill for his work with birds and bringing Honour to Canada.
Over the past decade, while continuing his work as a Sculptor Bill has presided over Operation Migration the organization he co founded to carry out research in ultralight led bird Migration. The Operation Migration team is currently working with the US Fish And Wild Life Service and several other organizations to restore a flock of Migratory Whooping Cranes to eastern North America.
Please take your time and enjoy Bill's website. site. It touches briefly on many of his accomplishments. Click here.
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