It’s going to be sad to see them go. Some incredible outdoor sculptures – which have graced Vancouver’s streets and parks for the last two years – are set to be packed up and shipped off soon, with the pending close of the Vancouver Biennale. The two-year long sculpture exhibit brought world-class outdoor art from around the world to the city, from the big laughing faces at Davie and Denman (A-mazing Laughter) to the huge engagement rings on Sunset Beach (Engagement).
But don’t get too teary-eyed about the imminent departures. The next installment of the Biennale begins in June 2013 and lasts for another two years. And Biennale organizers are holding a gala fundraising dinner and auction on April 30 in an effort to raise money to keep at least some of the existing sculptures in the city (And they’re not exactly cheap: A-mazing Laughter retails for $5 million . . . . Who’s laughing now?).
It’s not too late to enjoy these sculptures before they’re gone. In all, 33 separate pieces make up the exhibit, scattered around Vancouver and Richmond. In addition to the examples mentioned above, here are five highlights that are definitely worth a second look (Complete descriptions and a handy map are available on the Biennale website):
Last Chance to See Outdoor Masterpieces of the Vancouver Biennale