@JR’s @insideoutproject meets @MargartMead off @MainStreet here in @Vancouver
Seen around town: An old bike repurposed into a mini street side garden on the 10th avenue bikeway here in Vancouver
Around Town: "Yogi Bear" posted on a wall just east of Main Street along the 10th Ave bikeway. More pics here if you’re interested.
Public Space: ‘Shower of colour! Artist creates illusion of floating umbrellas in vivid art installation’
From Daily Mail:
Suspended from mid air these stunning colourful umbrellas certainly put other art installations in the shade.
Looking as though they are floating above the ground the brollies are held in place by wires between buildings in Agueda, Portugal.
The installation is an initiative by the council, in the small town just south of Porto, and is part of an art festival call Agitagueda.
Check out the rest of the photos here.
Getting Around: 'What on Earth' (Animated Short)
From The NFB:
This animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared – that the automobile has inherited the planet. When life on Earth is portrayed as one long, unending conga-line of cars, a crew of extra-terrestrial visitors understandably assume they are the dominant race. While humans, on the other hand, are merely parasites. An Oscar® nominee, this film serves as an entertaining case study.
When they built the urban plaza in the Southeast False Creek neighbourhood (2010 Olympic Village) here in Vancouver they "put a bird on it." Actually, they put two birds on it, but you can only see one of them in this photo.
I’m a big fan of artist Myfanwy MacLeod’s 'The Birds'. Every time I’m down there I see people and kids especially reacting to them in such fun and curious ways, as if they are trying to figure out if they are friendly, menacing or something in between. I also like the reminder that they offer that nature is larger than us humans. As for the official explanation of the piece:
The work highlights both the lighter and graver sides of what can happen when a non-native species is introduced to an environment, how the beauty of birds can sometimes mask their threat to biodiversity.
If you’re interested, I’ve got more pics here.
A Whole Lot of Bills. Posted.
Post-sunset up at Burnaby Mountain last night. The silouetted figures are part of a cool, permanent public art installation called 'Playground of the Gods':
Two Japanese artists of Ainu origin, Nubuo (father) and Shusei (son) Toko, are the artists who dedicated these sculptures to the city of Burnaby in 1990. The poles carved in wood represent the story of the gods who descended to earth to give birth to the Ainu people and express 25 years of goodwill between Japanese sister city of Kushiro and the District of Burnaby. (Vancouver Observer)
More snaps here if you’re interested.
Public Art: Terracotta Warriors in the City
Here’s a shot of one of many fibreglass Terracotta Warrior sculptures that have been painted up and started appearing around the city for the summer. Previous years have seen orcas, eagles and "spirit bears" serve as templates for artistic expression, some better than others. The concept began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1998 and has since spread to cities around the world. In the fall, the sculptures will be auctioned off in a fundraiser for charity. You can read more info on this year’s crop here.