WOW Westminster – 15/52 2017

From Vancouver Biennale:

Title: WOW Westminster
Artist: José Resende (b.1945, Brazil)
Medium: Four corten steel shipping containers
Dimensions (H x W x D): 10.7 x 42.7 x 2.4 m (35’1″ x 140’1″ x 7’10″)
Weight: 15,422 kg (34,000 lbs.)
Location: Westminster Pier Park in New Westminster, British Columbia

This 140-foot-long installation, comprising four forty-foot shipping containers precariously cantilevered to form a “W,” was designed by the Brazilian artist José Resende and will become the dominant view along the Fraser River from the bridges above.

Marcello Dantas, the Vancouver Biennale’s senior curator credited with having chosen both the site and the artist, says, “Resende’s WOW WESTMINSTER is not only an interpretation of the economic activity of the Fraser River and the flow of goods through trains, ships and trucks: it’s also about capturing the energy and history of this transportation hub, the transformation of the City of New Westminster and its waterfront into a recreational arts and cultural playground. WOW WESTMINSTER will become a respite for citizens and an icon of the City and region for decades as viewers explore the riverside walk along Westminster Pier Park.”

See it here:

Giants by OSGEMEOS – Day 285/365

Title: Giants
Artist: OSGEMEOS (Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, b. 1974, Brazil)
Medium: Mural on six concrete silos
Dimensions (H x W): Each silo measures 21.3 x 11 m (70 x 35 feet). The total area of the six silos is 2,183 sq m (23,500 sq ft).
Weight: Not applicable.
Location: Vancouver, Ocean Concrete worksite on Granville Island

“Every city needs art and art has to be in the middle of the people” – OSGEMEOS

Artist Statement:
“The first challenge of this project was to find a location that would fit with our idea. We did not want a conventional two-dimensional wall that we had done before: we wanted something different, special and unique. We have an ongoing project called Giants that has been realized in several places in the world such as Greece, USA, Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Brazil and England, and we will continue now in Canada, but with a difference. As the proposed Biennale has a strong connection with sculpture, we decided to find a place where the painting can be transformed, creating a dialogue between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds. Another aim of this project is to bring new characters to Vancouver while sharing perspectives and cultures and establishing a relationship between the people who frequent this site and integrate this work into the city scenery. The connection between water and land on Granville Island, on the False Creek margins, also had a lot to do with the choice of location. For us, the water acts as a vein, symbolizing life, and it is very present in our work.”- OSGEMEOS.

The Vancouver Biennale has transformed a Granville Island industrial landmark into a gigantic work of public art. OSGEMEOS created Giants, a 360-degree, 21.3-metre- (70-foot-) tall mural, the biggest public mural of their career and their public artwork debut in Canada. The mural, which measures a colourful 2,183 square meters (23,500 square feet), was created on the six gigantic silos that are part of the Ocean Cement manufacturing and distribution plant on Vancouver’s Granville Island, alongside the world-famous Public Market, Emily Carr University, and boat docks that attract 10.5 million visitors per year.

This artwork has inspired the artwork Biennale Snapshots – A Composition In 5 Movements by Vivian Fung.

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Landscape of The Meeting #VanBiennale

From "The Meeting was originally exhibited at the 2007 G-8 summit meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany. It is not without irony that the red figures are placed in a circle, static and crouching with cupped hands, open to various interpretations, from one of thoughtful contemplation to one of latent energy ready to leap up. Wang Shugang’s installation for the Vancouver Biennale, Meeting, is painted a shade of red that is known as Chinese Red, the colour associated with the Chinese government and communism. This hue ranges from a vivid red to a red-orange made from Vermilion, sometimes referred to as cinnabar.
According to the artist, “… the colour red has multiple cultural meanings in China, historically representing happiness but during the Cultural Revolution it symbolized terror. Today red is the colour of the faded lettering praising Mao on the ceilings of the factories, coats of the Buddhist monks and the colour of wedding decorations”. Wang Shugang made his North American public art debut as part of the 2009 – 2011 Vancouver Biennale exhibition.

Media: Painted Bronze Figures
Size: 92cm/36in (H) x 75cm/30in (W)
Weight: 220lbs/100kg" – by Wang Shugang of China… Vancouver