Vancouver Biennale: Sparking Conversation with Public Art

A-maze-ing Laughter; Photo Credit: roaming-the-planet

Standing by the fourteen cast-bronze figures that make up A-maze-ing Laughter at English Bay, you can’t help breaking into smiles and laughter. The 8-foot tall statues stand frozen in merriment, their mouths open wide and their eyes shut as they revel in whatever they find so amusing. Continue reading:
Vancouver Biennale: Sparking Conversation with Public Art

Vancouver Biennale Presents: Voxel Bridge, the Biggest Blockchain-Based Augmented Reality Experience

Photo: Vancouver Biennale

With Voxel Bridge, the Vancouver Biennale takes Contemporary Art to the epicenter of blockchain innovation. The underside of the south end of Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge is being transformed by artist Jessica Angel into a 19,000 square feet (1,765 square metres) public art installation that comes to life as the biggest blockchain-based augmented reality experience of its kind.

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Vancouver Biennale Presents: Voxel Bridge, the Biggest Blockchain-Based Augmented Reality Experience

Vancouver Neighbourhoods: West End

Welcome to the tranquil West End. (Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic)

Tucked up against Vancouver’s downtown core, the West End is a gateway to Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Street and Robson Street. The district is also home to the city’s gay community, centred around Davie Village; as well as character-filled heritage homes, high-rise apartments and plenty of green spaces. Parks and beaches are the main attractions here, though the sheer variety of multicultural cuisine, and excellent people-watching, come in close behind.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: West End

Filming in Vancouver: Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, and Whitecaps play soccer, plus X-Files, Ice, and more

Riverdale’s Charles Melton and K.J. Apa had some kicks playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps in a charity match at B.C. Place.

In this week’s roundup of what’s going on in Hollywood North crime-drama TV series is wrapping up this week.

But a whole bevy of TV stars in town turned out in full force on the soccer pitch to raise funds for charity. And a celebrity immersed himself in a hilarious local landmark.

Curious what this all means? Read on.

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Filming in Vancouver: Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, and Whitecaps play soccer, plus X-Files, Ice, and more

Giant “Totem Pole” Made of Stacked Cars Goes Up in Vancouver

IMG_1566Downtown Vancouver has never seen a traffic jam quite like this one.

Five full-size cars have been stacked on top of one another, then perched atop a 20-foot-high cedar stump, all part of a brand new sculpture called Trans Am Totem on the edge of False Creek. Located not far from Science World, the monumental work of art is the latest installation for the Vancouver Biennale, the city’s biannual public art exhibition.

The provocative sculpture is the work of local artist Marcus Bowcott, who spent part of his career towing logs along the Fraser River and around False Creek. For Bowcott, the installation is a commentary on the evolution of the area and the ascendance of consumer, throwaway culture in Vancouver.   Continue reading:
Giant “Totem Pole” Made of Stacked Cars Goes Up in Vancouver

New Sculpture by Ai Weiwei (with Hidden Meaning) Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver

Photo from Vancouver Biennale

Photo from Vancouver Biennale

One of the world’s best known political activists has unveiled a brand new outdoor sculpture in downtown Vancouver.

The provocatively named F Grass by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei consists of hundreds of blades of metal grass arranged in the shape of the letter F.  The 13.5-square-metre sculpture, which stands just a few centimetres high, is located near the Coal Harbour waterfront at Harbour Green Park.

Visually, the sculpture looks arresting.  While the metallic blades of grass aren’t sharp, they look a lot like the traffic spikes that police use to puncture tires during car chases. But there’s a deeper symbolic meaning to the piece, as well.

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New Sculpture by Ai Weiwei (with Hidden Meaning) Unveiled in Downtown Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community block parties and music events this Friday through Sunday!  Start planning with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend… and aye, don’t forget it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend