Vancouver Icons: Echoes

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Another Vancouver Biennale art project has been donated to the City of Vancouver, this time it’s Echoes by Montreal artist Michel Goulet. Echoes is a set of stainless steel chairs that were originally in the sand at Sunset Beach in 2005 and were moved to Kits Beach for Biennale in 2009.

From far away it looks as though someone abandoned a picnic in a hurry (and took off with a table) but up close, the chairs have much more meaning. Each has phrases etched in the seats and when the sun hits them all at the right angle they form a poem in shadows. “Public installations of artistic and whimsical chairs with thought provoking, often bilingual aphorisms have become a signature trademark of this Quebec based artist. A favourite of passersby this donation has been made possible by the 2005-2007 Vancouver Biennale Legacy Foundation.”

In honor of this, Echoes is today’s Vancouver Icon photo feature:

"Echoes" by Michel Goulet, Vancouver Biennale
Photo credit: popejon2 on Flickr

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Photo credit: BlueAndWhiteArmy & Nomade Moderne on Flickr

"Echoes" by Michel Goulet, Vancouver Biennale
Photo credit: popejon2 on Flickr

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Photo credit: Stephen Rees & dejahthoris on Flickr

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Photo credit: Stephen Rees & Stephen Rees & Stephen Rees on Flickr

Photo credit: nein09 on Flickr

a common story of love and sorrow came to an end HERE "Echoes" by Michel Goulet, Vancouver Biennale
Photo credit: weezerthewonderful & popejon2 on Flickr

Photo credit: matstc on Flickr

Other Vancouver Biennale Legacy works include 217.5 Arc x 13′ and A-Maze-Ing Laughter.

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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