Thursday, April 5, 2012

Meeting in Vancouver

"Meeting" by Wang Shugang (one of 8)
As is often the case, I know much more about a city once I've left it than before I visit it. Well I hope so, I hear you saying (I can hear you). See, since I do very little research about a place before the trip, I'm constantly surprised (I like surprises) by what's going on in the city. Just last month, I was pleasantly surprised by Restaurant Week in Sao Paulo. Vancouver was no different.

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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I must be off,


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.