Vancouver Biennale brings art to our parks

Vancouver Biennale enlivens neighbourhoods with inspired sculpture installations.

Credit: Flickr / Dan Fairchild

Vancouver Biennale sculptures bring art straight to the public, enlivening Vancouver neighbourhoods


You may have noticed over the last two months new art installations appearing in your own neighbourhood and in other areas throughout Vancouver and Richmond. While some may be part of other projects currently ramping up for February 2010, many are a part of Vancouver Biennale 2009–2011, which officially started September 29.


Official Launch, Nov 10

Don’t miss the official launch of the Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011 exhibition “in-transit-ion”: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at Morton Triangle (aka Morton Park) in Vancouver.


Check the Vancouver Biennale blog for updates and news on new installations around the city!


Installation began on July 15 with 32 sculptures made by 29 artists from six continents installed throughout 12 neighbourhoods along beaches, bike and walking paths, parks and urban plazas. The sculptures will be on display until June 2011.


‘Meeting’ and ‘Pillows’ sculptures prove especially popular

Two sculptures in particular have attracted a lot of attention in our Coal Harbour neighbourhood: ‘Meeting’ and ‘Pillows’.


‘Meeting’ is located in Cardero Park right beside the Westin Bayshore Hotel. The red squatting figures have incredible facial details and one looks as if to be starting the meeting. There are always people squatting beside one or more of the figures trying to get their photo just right.


Vancouver Biennale photos on Flickr

Get a sneak peek at many of the Vancouver Biennale sculptures around town on Flickr.

‘Pillows’ is located in Harbour Green Park close to the stairway up to the Vancouver Convention Centre. The pillows look soft enough to sit on, and while they actually are not (I tried), they are often occupied whenever I walk by.


Other new installations are located in front of the Pacific Central station, in Charleston Park, on the south side of False Creek, and in Vanier Park.


New media to join the exhibition

In the spring the Vancouver Biennale will expand to include new media installations created with new technologies, computer graphics, animation, robotics and projections.


The works will represent 22 young artists from six continents and will be installed on transit shelters and public transit, including at 13 Canada Line stations. See them on display until November 2010


Vancouver Biennale legacy sculptures

While the new Biennale has just begun, there are still a few lasting legacies from Vancouver Biennale 2005–2007 that will be moving in new locations.


‘Engagement Rings,’ which was previously located English Bay, will be installed above the AIDS Memorial at Sunset Beach. And ‘Walking Figures,’ which was previously located in Queen Elizabeth Park, is now installed in English Bay at the end of Denman Street.


One of my favourites from Biennale 2005–2007, ‘King and Queen,’ remains in Habour Green Park. It is great to walk by every day and still see children climbing up the seats and people posing for photos all the time. While this may not have been the intent of the Romanian born artist, Sorel Etrog, who now lives in Toronto, it is wonderful to see happy people interacting with all of the great art that can be found around the city.



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