Sunday, July 18, 2010

OH! So, that's what THOSE are! - Walking Home with the Vancouver Biennalé

On Thursday the 14th, the founder of the Vancouver Biennalé gave us a tour and in-depth history of the English Bay sculptures. The main photographer for the Biennalé was with us also and he informed everyone about each piece's background and step by step process leading up to its unveiling for the public. I personally hadn't researched anything about what we saw even though I of their existence beforehand; it was fabulous to be given the real depth of their importance and meaning to Vancouver and its public art movement. Can you believe it's already the end of Walking Home Yaletown's 3rd week?!?! I can't, Catherine Pulkinghorn, Laurie Dawson and Bali have been literally the most dedicated and loyal, hardworking women you could dream to lead, guide and educate us about their fields of specialty.

I found there was a lot I gained from the tour, it opened my perspectives about the technical philosophies of art and installation overall. Major kudos to the folks at the Vancouver Biennalé.

Here's some visual proofs of thursday:

" "We" - multi-lingual human form sculpture"

"PRIDE is ever so near, represent!"

"L.E.D. shining brightly as she interviews Ms. Faith- hard at work as always!"

Photos courtesy of: Yours Queerly, Hiiro Prince!

1 comment:

  1. Hiiro, thank so much for this post! You capture a lot with your photos. I love your shot of Jaume Plensa's We. I feel like I'm right there and can actually stroll right into this amazing text-based piece! I LOVED learning about the technical side of installing public art and about some of the administrative stuff that goes into it. I wanted Gillian Wood to talk all day and night about these pieces and it was so interesting to hear Dan Fairchild's stories and insights as well. I have such a HUGE appreciation for art volunteers, especially public art ones, because we all get to enjoy the work they do. I had no idea what went into getting one piece installed, let alone 38! Thanks for mentioning this important aspect that often goes unlooked (how the heck do you instal these things? We're so lucky Dan Fairchild did a photo documentation of this on flickr!! and thanks for your fab writing and for taking pictures!!