Saturday, January 10, 2015

vancouver's public sculpture

There's a lot of good (and, well, some not so good) sculpture out there on the streets of Vancouver - there's a big Public Arts Project.  Meet Douglas Coupland's Digital Orca - or Pixel Whale - which makes for an even stranger photograph than it does sculpture.  It disrupts one's sense of what's claiming referential status in a photograph, and what that photograph itself is - electronically speaking - made up of.  Of course, one can always blur the two by reducing the image itself into very obvious pixels, obliterating the distinction between sculpture and landscape ...

Or there's the Olympic Caluldron (only lit for special events, like Canada Day) - that is very wonderfully glacial, and with icy looking cracks and shards along its surfaces that translate - believe me - rather poorly into pixels.

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