POSTED BY admin | February 18th, 2010
Going for a ride on A-Mazing Laughter. Photo by Barrie Mowatt.
It’s an exciting time to be in the city of Vancouver.
We’ve got warm sunny days. Blue skies, lotus blossoms are on the trees and I’ve caught a few people mentioning that their spring allergies have also made an early appearance.
Oh, and let’s not forget the 2010 Olympic Winter Games! That’s happening, too.
And Stephen Colbert‘s here, and so is the King of Greece, apparently.
But are they having as much fun as the people in these photographs are having?
Here’s some great shots of people playing with sculpture or is it the other way around?
Taken on a sunny February day near English Bay with Yue Minjun‘s A-Mazing Laughter.
Taking it easy with the Laughing Dudes at English Bay. Photo by Dan Fairchild.
Nice view from up there! Photo by Dan Farichild.
Olympic form for the dismount! Great work. Photo by Dan Fairchild.
POSTED BY admin | February 14th, 2010
Looking Up Thru Jaume Plensa's WE at night. Photo by Adam Kambeitz.
Jaume Plensa’s sculpture is entitled WE and it’s situated on a hilltop along Sunset Beach.
It’s a seated figure made of letters from many different alphabets from around the world. The figure is facing west toward the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
It’s a powerful piece that is especially profound given the Olympic atmosphere in Vancouver right now. As a symbol the world community, communication and understanding, this sculpture is perfectly poised to welcome and inspire international visitors.
Local photographer and marketing professional, Adam Kambeitz, wrote up a nice piece on WE for MetroBlenz that includes some stunning photographs.
Great work, Adam! Thanks for doing such an excellent job.
WE in profile. Photo by Adam Kambeitz.
Life within WE. Great Shot! Photo by Adam Kambeitz.
POSTED BY admin | February 12th, 2010
The Olympic Torch Passes Yue Minjun's A-Mazing Laughter at English Bay! Photo: Dan Fairchild.
Today’s the day!
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games officially kicks off later this afternoon at BC Place.
But check out this great photo of the torch passing A-Mazing Laughter – the Vancouver Biennale sculpture installation located at Morton Triangle near English Bay.
The torch is winding its way through my East Vancouver neighborhood right now but earlier today the torch route took in down Denman Street.
Captured by the inimitable Dan Fairchild.
Check out the Sculpture in the background: Yue Minjun's A-Mazing Laughter. Photo by Dan Fairchild.
POSTED BY admin | February 1st, 2010
Ok, this is intense and amazing.
There’s a lot of videos out there talking up Vancouver in advance of the 2010 Winter Games but none of them are as profoundly moving and inspiring as this one.
This video showcases many amazing features of our local landscape from the Museum of Anthropology to traditional craftsmen creating new totem poles to – believe it or not – Bernar Venet’s Arcs 217.5 X 13, a legacy piece from the last Vancouver Biennale. It appears around the 1 minute mark of this video.
It’s hard to argue with Tewanee Joseph, Executive Director, Host First Nations, when he writes…
“The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are going to be the biggest potlach the world has ever seen!
Transformational and fuelled by an unprecedented groundswell of support from aboriginal peoples across Canada. The 2010 Winter Games offer a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to show the world who we are. We invite you to stand with us and celebrate in 2010.
This time. Our time.”
Done and done!
Here’s another excellent video featuring our Host First Nations, their history, traditions and vital importance to our culture and our future.