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:

The Jade Canoe – Day 315/365

Bronze cast with jade green patina, second of two castings, 1994
6.05 m long (19’10’’), 3.89 m high (12’9’’), 3.48 m wide (11’5’’)

Originally conceived and created for the new Canadian embassy in Washington D.C., the sculpture was first created in 1986 as a 1/6 scale clay maquette. It was enlarged to a full scale clay model in 1988. In 1989 a mould was taken from the full scale model and the sculpture was cast in plaster for further refinement. Later that year, the plaster pattern was completed and sent to Tallix Foundry in New York State. The first bronze casting was completed in 1991 and donated to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada (the Government of Canada) by Nabisco Brands Ltd., Toronto, Canada. It was put on display November 1991 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. and is titled The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Black Canoe.

A second and final casting, titled The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe, was commissioned by the Vancouver International Airport Authority in 1993. It was completed at the Tallix Foundry under the supervision of Bill Reid and installed here to welcome visitors from around the world on the 18th of April, 1996.

See it here:

JERI in Yaletown

JERI by James Stewart We wear our past and it is the basis of our interpretation of the world. “Jeri’s” surface has been heavily abstracted in such a way to emote symbols in the same way you read faces and animals in cloud formations. Stepping away from the figure reveals our struggle captured in the moment. As Henry Moore said: “In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.”

See it here:

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