Public Invited to Attend Launch of Aerial Sculpture, Mar. 15

A rendering of Janet Echelman’s soon-to-be sculpture

A rendering of Janet Echelman’s soon-to-be sculpture

Join the crowd at the Vancouver Convention Centre grounds on Saturday March 15 to see the launch of Janet Echelman’s incredible aerial sculpture!

Suspended 745 feet across Vancouver’s waterfront, the sculpture will appear to float between a 24-story skyscraper and the Vancouver Convention Center, site of the TED2014 Conference. As the sun sets, Echelman will share details about the sculpture and the Autodesk technology that assisted her in its design, and Aaron Koblin, Google’s Creative Director, will demonstrate how the general public can use the browser on their mobile device to choreograph the lighting onto the sculpture.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre grounds

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Public Invited to Attend Launch of Aerial Sculpture, Mar. 15

Seeking out the art of Haida Gwaii in Vancouver

Bill Reid: The Raven and the First Men, 1990 22k gold Photo credit:  Kenji Nagai

Bill Reid: The Raven and the First Men, 1990 22k gold Photo credit: Kenji Nagai

Have you ever fell so head over gumboots for a place that you want to keep returning? I feel that way about Vancouver, but recently I’ve also fallen for another rainy, tree and beach-fringed destination: Haida Gwaii.

Haida Gwaii is a brilliant, evergreen archipelago located in Northern British Columbia over 170 kilometres west of Prince Rupert. For the last two summers I’ve made the journey to Haida Gwaii to explore endless beaches, feast on seafood and poke around numerous art galleries and studios.

This summer there will be no such journey across Hecate Strait, however I have developed some coping mechanisms. To help navigate the waves of Haida Gwaii nostalgia, I’ve turned to scoping out the art of Haida Gwaii in Vancouver. Below you’ll find a list of spots I frequent when I’m missing the misty isles.
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Seeking out the art of Haida Gwaii in Vancouver

Know your Vancouver intersections!

Main & Hastings poster by Glasfurd & Walker for Intersections

Main & Hastings poster by Glasfurd & Walker. Photo courtesy Platform Gallery.

The Platform Gallery is taking street art to new levels.

The gallery has invited seven Vancouver-based graphic designers to each create a poster based on a famous intersection in the city. This got us thinking about our own take on these well-known crossroads…

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Know your Vancouver intersections!

Vancouver’s Notorious $100,000 Poodle Now on Twitter

Photo credit: Our City Our Art

Last week, news came out about a controversial new public art project in Vancouver.  A seven-foot-tall porcelain poodle was erected atop a 25-foot pole in the Main Street neighbourhood. The well coiffed canine came at no small cost.  The poodle, along with a bus art campaign along Main Street affiliated with the same project, cost nearly $100,000.

Now, it seems that the pampered pooch has taken to Twitter to make its case.

“Where do I pee?” read @MainStPoodle’s inaugural tweet earlier this week on Twitter.  He (or she) followed it up with a series of snappy, topical one-liners:

Heard a rumour they’re installing a cat on a stick across the street. Can’t wait!

I confess: I take performance enhancing kibble. How else do you think I can balance up here all day?

The pooch also seems to be a big fan of local Main Street businesses, including Red Cat Records and Main Street Beer.  His/Her bio includes several provocative hashtags: #$100,000mutt and #keepMainWeird.

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Street Art: Terracotta Soldiers Coming to Vancouver

Chinese warriors are invading Vancouver.

An army of 33, life-sized terracotta warriors – modeled after the world-famous originals discovered in China in 1974 – will be occupying metro Vancouver in the months ahead.

The sculptures will be positioned on strategic street corners and parks in Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby.  Check out the map below (You might remember similar campaigns recently involving fibreglass eagles, bears and killer whales on city streets).

Each statue has been painted with an original – and often eye-popping – design by a different artist.  Warriors have been dressed up in brilliant reds and blues, emblazoned with images of endangered wildlife and decorated like enormous Chinese vases.  Each design tells a different story about Chinese history and life.

This fall, the whole army will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the BC Lions Society Easter Seal Houses and Easter Seal Camps for children with disabilities.  But what’s the story behind the original terracotta warriors?  Continue reading:
Street Art: Terracotta Soldiers Coming to Vancouver