Chip and Shannon Wilson’s A-Maze-Ing Gift to the People of Vancouver, Laughter Celebration and Freeze Flash Photo, August 11

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Photo Credit: Eric.Yao / Flickr

 
If you’ve been anywhere near English Bay recently you’ll be familiar with Yue Minjun’s “A-maze-ing Laughter”. Located in Morton Park near the corners of Davie and Denman Streets, the piece was one of the most beloved sculptures of the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale. The unbelieveable response by the people of Vancouver prompted the Vancouver Biennale to find a way to keep it here permanently.

Well, thanks to a generous donation by lululemon founder Chip Wilson and his wife Shannon, the sculpture will remain in Morton Park for generations to come. The Wilson family has donated $1.5 million dollars to the Vancouver Biennale for the specific purpose of gifting A-maze-ing Laughter to the City of Vancouver.

“We wanted to give something to the city that everyone could enjoy”, says Chip Wilson. “On any given day, English Bay is full of joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers and people enjoying one of the most beautiful sea walls in the world. To mix that with a work of art that brings out the playful nature in people and gets them laughing is really something special”.

What You Need to Know: A public celebration of laughter to mark the official donation of the sculpture “A-maze-ing Laughter” to the people of Vancouver. The casual, family-friendly event will include the Dal Richards Band and a freeze flash photo, where everyone will strike a pose with the sculptures at once and create Vancouver’s funniest group photo.

Who: Chip and Shannon Wilson, the Vancouver Biennale, City and Park Board representatives along with members of the general public.

Date: Saturday August 11, 2012

Where: Morton Park at Davie and Denman Streets

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Note: From 12:30 – 1:00 there is a pre-event interview and photo opportunity with the Wilson family and representatives from the Vancouver Biennale, City and Park Board.

Event Program:

1:00 PM – Live entertainment with the Dal Richards Band and Public Dreams Society.

2:00 PM – Group Flash Freeze Photo

2:15 PM – Live music with local singer/songwriter Laurell.

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5 Responses to Chip and Shannon Wilson’s A-Maze-Ing Gift to the People of Vancouver, Laughter Celebration and Freeze Flash Photo, August 11

  1. I am glad my photo is featured here. But please credit my work appropriately. Thanks!

  2. Great job so much of creativity I really loved the you have captured the between palm and thumb it’s beautiful though

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  5. Robert

    Not everybody likes these garish smirking statues. A fraction of Vancouverites were polled on this. We were promised that these statues would be gone in 2 years.
    Please put them somewhere else.