Mexican Art Exhibit at VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Photo Credit: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Grey skies got you down?  Then now might be a good time for a trip to VanDusen Botanical Garden, where a vibrant display of contemporary Mexican art is lending a little warmth and colour to the Vancouver winter.

Fifteen mammoth sculptures – each one about eight feet tall and weighing several hundred pounds – from the acclaimed Mexican sculptor Sebastian have been arranged around VanDusen’s Great Lawn.  Together the brightly coloured pieces form an exhibit called Emotional Geometry.

Made from steel bent into whimsical curves and whorls and painted in brilliant shades of red, green, blue and yellow, the monumental pieces represent astrological symbols and other shapes.  They look surreal and out of place on the damp, leafless grounds of the garden, like giant children’s toys left scattered about.

Photo Credit: VanDusen Botanical Garden

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.   His works incorporate precise geometric forms – including cubes, spheres and parallel lines – which in turn evoke living things, movement and energy.

The Emotional Geometry exhibit will be at VanDusen until late spring.   And if you’re looking for more ways to beat the winter blues, consider stopping by the tropical Bloedel Conservatory, which is now partnered  with VanDusen Botanical Garden.   The conservatory – an enormous glass dome housing hundreds of species of tropical plants, birds and fish – will be offering a series of guided walks in the weeks and months ahead.

Walks in the Tropics, informative tours by VanDusen and Bloedel staff, will be held on Jan. 18, March 15 and April 19.  Check out the Events Calendar on Van Dusen’s website for more information.  The HSBC Family Programs, guided fun in the conservatory for the whole family, will be held on Jan. 22, Feb. 19 and March 26.

Has anyone seen the colourful Emotional Geometry exhibit at VanDusen yet?   What did you think of it?

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