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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Emotional Geometry

There are various very colorful geometrical shapes placed on the lawn around Van Dusen Gardens.There are fifteen in total each one about 8 feet tall. Below are some of these works from the acclaimed Mexican sculptor Sebastian Together the brightly coloured pieces form an exhibit called Emotional Geometry.

They look surreal and out of place on the grounds of the garden, like giant children’s toys left scattered about.

Sebastian, the artist who created the pieces, is widely regarded as Mexico’s greatest living sculptor. He is best known for his monumental avant-garde structures in iron and concrete, which can be found in cities around the world, from Osaka, Japan, to San Antonio, Texas.

Location:Vancouver Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

Monday, April 25, 2011

Minotaur with Hare

This striking work of art was created by UK artist Sophie Ryder. It is made of galvanized wire standing on a ceramic base and might at first seem whimsical or maybe that the two are telling a story of love, but according to ancient folklore the two are incompatible opposites. In Greek mythology the Minotaur, often portrayed as part man and part bull, is a figure of courage and terror, while the Hare symbolizes fertility, agility, and bravery.

The "two" referred to above are the minotaur and a blue hare that stood in the hands of the Minotaur but unfortunately was stolen. The artist was flown out from England to replace the hare but sadly it was stolen again. Without the hare the effect and meaning of the sculpture is lost.

Location:Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver BC

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lower Lonsdale Community Garden

The beautifully designed ceramic "Friendship Gate" creates a warm and friendly welcome to the Lower Lonsdale Community Gardens. This was a North Vancouver community public art project in 2005 created by Connie Glover a well known Vancouver ceramic artist.

Hidden away, off the beaten track in these beautiful gardens we can see evidence of Spring at last

Barb's Blooms provided a splash of colour as I strolled down the paths of the well designed area.

History of Victory Gardens as written by "St Catharines Neighborhood" During the Second World War, the planting of Victory Gardens was encouraged by the Canadian government. Early attempts to foster home growing were nearly quashed by nervous government officials who worried that novice gardeners might fail and consequently waste scarce fertilizer, soil, tools and water. Emily Schofield and Elizabeth MacKenzie disagreed, and they wrote to the Minister of Agriculture, J.G. Gardiner urging “every citizen to endeavour to grow more vegetables in order to make an appreciable difference in the situation that confronts us,” and claiming this war effort to be “of primary importance.” Finally, the Canadian federal government threw their support behind these community gardens in the growing season of 1943. Booklets were published by the Ministry of Agriculture with step-by-step instructions on the care and cultivation of gardens. This propaganda literature noted that the increased production of food at home would help to reduce the price of produce required by the military. These savings could then be used on the purchase of arms and other equipment necessary for the war effort. By the end of 1943, there were more than 200 000 victory gardens in Canada, producing about 550lb of produce each! During the war, the United States instituted a poster campaign with slogans such as “Plant More in ’44,” and even the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, planted a Victory Garden on the grounds of the White House. In the United States, there were as many as 20 million Victory Gardens which contributed about 40% towards the domestic consumption of fruits and vegetables. In The United Kingdom, a similar poster campaign urged civilians to “Dig for Victory.” Today, the basic concepts behind “Victory Gardening” are one again experiencing a resurgence in popularity although for entirely different reasons. With a growing concern over the environment, more and more people are becoming aware of a sustainable local food culture. “Slow food” is becoming a popular catch phrase, and community gardens are springing up all across Canada.

Location:2nd and Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tragic Story of Pavel Kulisek

I was making my way around the "North Shore Art Crawl" today when I came across a demonstration. I stopped and read some of the placards that people were carrying and discovered it was a plea to free Pavel Kulisek, a man whose home is in North Vancouver and is unjustly imprisoned in Mexico. I had not been aware of this tragic story until now when I read about it on the website. I feel compelled to interrupt my blog to publish information about this man and his family.

Information below is from the website Dr. Ramona Penner, a family friend, recently visited Kulisek at a psychiatric prison in Mexico City, where he was transferred after he attempted to hang himself in his cell at Punta Grande federal maximum-security prison in Guadalajara on March 13.Dr. Penner says "even if Kulisek is physically healthy, the stress of three years in Mexican prison without an opportunity to prove his innocence have likely driven him to a dangerous level of emotional instability. “It’s clear that this situation has reached a crisis point, and I believe Pavel should be returned to Canada on humanitarian grounds so that he can receive proper medical care. The full story can be found on the website.....please take the time to read and share.

Location:North Vancouver and Mexico

Friday, April 15, 2011

Helping Heros

This fun and fabulous artwork was created by Amanda McQ and Candace Gebert. It is part of a project by Studio in the City a youth employment program specializing in public art. It is located outside the RCMP building at Stella Jo Dean Plaza.

Location:Stella Jo Dean Plaza, North Vancouver, BC

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Air Land Water

Three Coast Salish carvings by Damian George, Stan Greene and Susan Point commemorate the role of First Nations in the building of the Millennium Line SkyTrain extension.

At six locations along the line a bronze whorl symbolizes First Nation commitment to a better environment.

Location:Holdom SkyTrain Station, Vancouver BC.

The Quartz

This fabulous work of art is by Cameron Kerr and can be seen on Georgia Street in the heart of Vancouver

Location:Downtown Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eastside Mural Projects

In celebration of Britannia Secondary School 100th anniversary 1908 - 2008 There are murals on various buildings in the area. This is part of a mural on a quiet street in East Van.

Another view of the same mural..spectacular.

Another striking mural close by

Location:Vancouver Eastside

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tidal Waves

Under the direction of mosaic artist Bruce Walther young artists between the ages of 16 -24 designed a series of underwater images for the fountain at Lonsdale Quay. The market received a Civic Youth Award for Outstanding Supporter of Youth.

Suds in the fountain by ???? A dog having a great time in the same fountain. He spent about half an hour jumping and barking at the bubbles. Kept the crowd that gathered entertained for quite a while.

Another beautiful mosaic project can be found at the entrance to the market on the ground floor.

Location:Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver BC

Monday, April 11, 2011

Gateway to Ambleside

This beautiful work of art stands at the entrance to Ambleside Beach. I had difficulty finding information on it's creator and meaning.

I visited the area again this weekend and was happy to find this plaque close by. The artist is Rick Harry A Squamish Nation Member

Location:Ambleside Park, West Vancouver BC

Friday, April 8, 2011


Cavalia creator Normand Latourelle Now showing under the white big top at Olympic Village

In a testament to the patience that went into developing this show—“For all the hours that go into one minute of performance for an acrobat, it’s 10 times that for a horse,” Latourelle says—he encouraged the team to try to teach the animals that the airborne acrobats were not a threat. “Slowly, over two weeks, we brought a girl on a bungee down from the ceiling, lower and lower, and when she finally reached the horse she gave it a carrot. So it’s easy now: every time he sees somebody coming from the ceiling, he thinks a carrot is coming. And he’s Ok with that" "Of course, we have some horses that are more difficult because we don’t know their past. There’s the nice dressage horse, the white one—he’s new. When he started, we saw he was looking at his shadow on his left hand side. Something had scared him in his past. So we changed the choreography and the lighting so he doesn’t see his shadow anymore."

Location:Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

City Of Vancouver Pavements

I came across this red steamroller on my way home today. I had to stop and check out this impressive old vehicle with ghost like figures portraying city workers. A hidden gem in the heart of Vancouver.

Location:Vancouver BC

Barbora by Artist Vladas Vildziunas/ Pacific Central Station

This 2009 - 2011 Biennale art exhibit stands tall and beautiful in the park opposite Pacific Central Station. The plaque at the foot of the statue reads : The original concept for this figurative sculpture was a lady walking in a park in solitude with breezes adding movement to her garment. In 1972 the model this sculpture was based on aquired the name Barbora a Lithuanian Queen who became synonymous with a free and autonomous nation.

Pacific Central There is a sign on the front of the building that tells the history of the railroad station.It was built between 1917 and 1919 by Canadian National and was the western most terminus for the railway. In 1993, the station was converted to a multi-modal transportation facility that included intercity buses. A bus concourse has been added in the rear of the building.

It is a beautifully maintained building with many of the original fixtures

Location:Pacific Central Station, Vancouver BC

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Gate to the North West Passage

I spent the most amazing day touring Vancouver's Kitsilano area enjoying the most spectacular beaches and parks. Of the 15 city parks in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, Vanier Park is the biggest and most famous. It is home to the Vancouver Museum, the Planetarium and many striking public works of art. Between the Biennale art exhibits "Freezing Water" and "Stop" stands this large cast Iron work of art "The Gate to the North West Passage by Chung Hung. It can be seen from any point in the park and is a landmark That was erected in 1980.

Location:Vanier Park

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Blue Trees

The Blue Trees can be seen in various different areas of Vancouver as part of the Biennale art exhibits 2009-2011. They were created by Konstantin Dimopolous to highlight worldwide social and environmental issues specifically global deforestation.

Location: West Vancouver, BC

Friday, April 1, 2011

Echoes by Michel Goulet - Canada

Very interesting setting and one of Vancouver's Biennale sculptures made of stainless steel. To the right of this picture is a restaurant where the patrons look down onto this creative work of art.

On the seat of each chair are words both in english and french. Each saying has meaning and evokes contemplation. Below are two such thought provoking expressions

Location:Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC