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Public Art - Do you like it? e.g. Arena or Bastion Sq.?


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#321 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 June 2020 - 02:28 PM

^ This ain't new, it's the third time around for this partnership with Pattison. Details on the call for submissions and selection process is on the website: https://www.victoria...exhibition.html

 

oh ya good.

 

well still not good that we pay pattison just because he can't sell his own ads.  but good there was a process.


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#322 todd

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 08:39 AM

“ Octopus art crawls into Colwood neighbourhood”: https://www.oakbayne...-neighbourhood/
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#323 Nparker

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 08:40 AM

That is a terrible likeness of you Todd. You should sue the artist.



#324 todd

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 08:43 AM

That is a terrible likeness of you Todd. You should sue the artist.


I just feel bad for Bonnie Henry: https://bc.ctvnews.c...stown-1.5010818

#325 Nparker

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 08:47 AM

I just feel bad for Bonnie Henry: https://bc.ctvnews.c...stown-1.5010818

Egads!  :eek:



#326 todd

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 09:18 AM

Egads!  :eek:


They don’t call it gastown for nothing.

#327 Jackerbie

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 08:22 AM

The Commerce Canoe has arrived at its new home near the Johnson Street bridge.

 

Pics of the installation COV's Twitter feed, and there's a rambling about public art in the TC: https://www.timescol...ures-1.24174815

 

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#328 m3m

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 09:07 AM

They've almost got it fully erected now.  The last seed pod was being attached as I drove by it this morning on the way to work. I think it looks great in its new location. 



#329 JanionGuy

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 10:27 AM

several photos of the completed re-installation:

 

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#330 Nparker

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 10:30 AM

Presumably, there is more going to happen in regards to finishing the space around the sculpture.



#331 Dr. Barillas

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 02:38 PM

A tree or three would have looked a lot better imo. 


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#332 GetLisaSomeHelps

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:11 PM

It's just...so random (but i'll wait to see the final product of the area surrounding before judging too much). I feel like a replica of the former blue bridge would've been a nice touch.


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#333 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:16 PM

that big triangle of wasted land was not even necessary. but nobody could think bigger picture when they redesigned. Just like the bridge being 3 lanes.

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#334 Nparker

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:16 PM

If this sculpture experiences the same sort of neglect in its new home as the blue bridge did, it might be be the perfect homage.



#335 Nparker

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:18 PM

that big triangle of wasted land was not even necessary.

The entire bridge area revels in big swaths of wasted land.



#336 Spy Black

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 06:28 AM

Not that it shines any sort of positive light on the bridge project itself (because it definitely doesn't), but the sculpture looks way better in its new location than it did in its old location.

 

Seems a large, tall sculpture like this benefits from having tons of free space around it, which it's got plenty of in the bridge location, and didn't have much of in the old, shoehorned as it was into a relatively small Bastion Square.



#337 Mike K.

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 06:38 AM

Isn’t public art supposed to be multi-layered and a reflection of the artist, the space within which the art is displayed, which then ties in with the theme of the piece itself?

I’m sure Rob Randall can expand on this, but if that piece was destined for the square, and now it’s in a completely different environment that shares no connection whatsoever to its original placement, then I think we’ve just shown how hokey the whole public art agenda is in this town if such a prominent installation can literally be repurposed like some room in an office building.
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#338 Rob Randall

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 06:59 AM

Yes, context is everything Mowry Baden says he would have rethought his arena sculpture if he had been told a giant illuminated sign was going to be right next to it. Gallant's giant tulips were created specifically for that Bastion Square location and while he approved its relocation I don't know how much choice he really had in the matter. Also, some artists are very particular about these things and I get the impression Gallant is a little more easy going. His art leans more towards the decorative end of the art spectrum.

 

But yeah, I think moving the tulips was a cheap, unimaginative and lazy solution to the problem of how to activate the dead space around the bridge.


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#339 Mike K.

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 10:07 PM

I think it was my favourite installation, that Gallant piece in the square.

Now that it has moved, I can’t take the city’s public art agenda seriously.

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#340 Spy Black

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 10:48 PM

There's definitely no reason to expect that Mayor and Council would handle "public art" any better than they handle themselves - which is to say pretty damn poorly.



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