Giant Mosaic Being Built outside Vancouver

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Photo sourced from aajpress.wordpress.com

In the Academy Award-nominated documentary Waste Land, artist Vik Muniz creates a portrait of a Brazilian woman … that’s roughly the size of a high school gymnasium.

The woman is a scrap collector in a Brazilian junkyard.  And the portrait is composed of tons of trash.  Muniz enlisted the entire community of collectors to harvest the raw material for his masterpiece – everything from bottle tops and bits of metal to old tires and scraps of cloth.  From a catwalk perched high above the floor, he orchestrated the action as pieces were arranged into a vivid mosaic.

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Giant Mosaic Being Built outside Vancouver

Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale's Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale’s Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Olympic Village in Vancouver has some colourful new residents.

A brand new seven-metre-tall outdoor sculpture has been installed on the edge of Olympic Village at Hinge Park.  Called Human Structures, the sculpture consists of 64 brightly coloured metal cutouts in the shape of human figures, stacked one on top of the other.

Created by acclaimed U.S. artist Jonathan Borofsky, Human Structures is part of the 2014 Vancouver Biennale, the every-other-year exhibition that brings dozens of works of monumental art to the streets, parks and beaches of Vancouver.  This edition of the Biennale will see some 20 sculptures installed in Vancouver, with an additional 10 works going up in New Westminster, North Vancouver and Squamish.

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Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend Lots of things to do with the whole family for Father’s Day Weekend!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday… Continue reading:
Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Giant Outdoor Sculptures Coming to Vancouver: Vancouver Biennale 2014

Photo credit: tofuart | Flickr

Photo credit: tofuart | Flickr

Get your cameras ready: Another round of giant, outdoor art is coming to Vancouver.

The third instalment of the Vancouver Biennale begins later his month.  Every other year, the celebration brings massive works of public art to locations throughout Vancouver and surrounding communities. As part of the 2014 Biennale, some 20 sculptures will be installed in Vancouver and an additional 10 will go in New Westminster, North Vancouver and Squamish.

The big news this year is that one sculpture has been crafted by none other that China’s most famous dissident, Ai Weiwei.  No word yet on what the piece is or where it will be placed, but it’s bound to turn heads.

Oftentimes, the sculptures go on to become permanent icons on the Vancouver landscape. Past examples include A-maze-ing Laughter (the giant bronze men near English Bay), Engagement (the huge engagement rings above Sunset Beach) and 217.5 Arc X 13 (those weird rusting metal ribs at Sunset Beach).

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Giant Outdoor Sculptures Coming to Vancouver: Vancouver Biennale 2014

Last Chance to See Outdoor Masterpieces of the Vancouver Biennale

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):

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Last Chance to See Outdoor Masterpieces of the Vancouver Biennale