Third Vancouver Biennale of Public Art

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The third Vancouver Biennale of Public Art will launch this spring with the theme Open Borders/Crossroads Vancouver. 20 prominent pieces, from artists all over the world, will be installed in parks and open spaces around Metro Vancouver including 10 in New Westminster, North Vancouver, and Squamish.

Jaume Plensa "We": Vancouver Biennale Sculpture
Past Vancouver Biennale piece. Photo credit: popejon2 on Flickr

A sculptural work by China’s Ai Weiwei, one of the most famous artists in the world, will be among numerous other public art works by a roster of major international artists being featured in the third Vancouver Biennale.

The biennale will feature works by other big name artists that include Vic Muniz from Brazil, Jonathan Borofsky from the U.S., and Andy Goldsworthy from the United Kingdom. Later this summer, Os Gemeos, the name twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo from Brazil are known by, will create a 360-degree, 23-metre tall mural around a building on Granville Island. Once it’s finished, the mural will feature animation later in the year by Graphics e-Motion, a Montreal-based company. [Source: Vancouver Sun]

Some of the art from previous Vancouver Biennale iterations is still around today as legacy pieces were purchased and donated to the city — like Lululemon founder Chip Wilson did (via Wilson5 Foundation) with Yue Minjun’s A-Maze-Ing Laughter at English Bay. These photogenic sculptures were part of the 2009/2011 Vancouver Biennale.

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Photo credit: Rishad Daroo & midnightglory on Flickr

Arc 217.5 X 13, Bernar Venet, Sunset Beach GEF_9453
Photo credit: colink. & Gail at Large + Image Legacy on Flickr

Engagement Rings by Dennis Oppenheim
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Open Spaces 2005/2007 was the inaugural Biennale for International Sculpture in Vancouver. For a period of 18 months, the communities of Vancouver and its visitors were invited to participate and interact in a community wide program of special events generated through the strategic placement of 22 major International public art pieces along the walkways, waterfront parks, pathways and major public spaces of Vancouver.

The first public event for the 2014/2016 Vancouver Biennale will take place Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Emily Carr University from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Follow Vancouver Biennale on Facebook and Twitter, and check out the interactive map of current public art around Vancouver for updates.

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