|"Meeting" by Wang Shugang (one of 8)|
Thanks to Red Nomad OZ and the reddest interview I've ever given, I've returned to my photos of Vancouver and discovered that there was a Biennale in the city when I was there last year. The city was an enormous open-air art exhibit, and I just thought it was arty.
One group of sculptures that caught my eye of course was "Meeting" by the Chinese artist Wang Shugang. Among the interesting facts I learned HERE about this group of eight sculptures all crouching in a circle, I discovered that the installation is meant to represent the G-8. Interesting. All eight figures look Chinese to me. Hmmm. I guess that's better than trying to set Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy in stone . . . or bronze in this case. Each of the identical statues is 92 cm (3 feet) tall and weighs 100 kg (220 pounds).
Knowing now that I was actually there during the Biennale got me wondering. Maybe I'd taken pictures of other exhibits and just didn't know it. Well, goodness. After looking at the official exhibits HERE, I guess I missed a lot of them. I was in Vancouver for a very special reason. My two families were meeting for the first time. It was definitely a "Meeting" and it was great, emotional and important. I did take these pictures of Vancouver, though. And I'd like to think they're all art in their way.
A very special one--one that has stuck in my mind since my trip--is the mural at W. Hastings St. and Abbott. And I'm happy to say that now, several months after my trip, I actually know who painted it. It's a beautiful collaborative effort created by the artists Indigo, Titi Freak, Faith47 and Peeta. Since I concentrate more on single subjects in my photography, I chose to capture the girl blowing the dandelion, but the piece is much larger. To see it in its entirety, go HERE.
|The Paint Your Faith Vancouver Mural -- Indigo, Faith47, Titi Freak and Peeta|
Finally, check out my interview with Red Nomad OZ. She asked such incredible questions. I never knew how red life can be.
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Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire). Allen writes fiction, creative non-fiction and of course this here blog. His work has appeared in numerous places both online and in print. Read more about him HERE.