Vancouver Biennale: Open Air Museum

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Announced back in March, the third Vancouver Biennale of Public Art is now in full swing as 20 new pieces join Vancouver’s public art landscape. Installed in parks and open spaces, biennale pieces will also be found in New Westminster, North Vancouver, and Squamish.

2014-06-23 Vancouver West End Amazing Laughter-16 Arcs 217.5 X 13, Bernar Venet, Sunset Beach Finally, a pretty sky "Meeting" in the snow
Photo credit: Michael Schmidt & colink. & Dan Fairchild & colink. on Flickr

The curatorial theme of the exhibition is Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver. Unique in the world for its natural beauty, Vancouver becomes the international hub where artists from all nations, cultural backgrounds, political histories and artistic disciplines gather to celebrate art in public space. Together we inspire creativity, transform thinking and find our interconnectedness as global citizens through art.

To date, 78 artists from 25 countries and 4 continents have participated in the Vancouver Biennale. The new artwork is by globally-recognized figures ranging from Ai Weiwei, Vik Muniz, Andy Goldsworthy to Os Gêmeos, complimenting existing legacy pieces around the city such as A-Maze-Ing Laughter, Echoes, 217.5 Arc x 13′, The Meeting, Jasper, and Walking Figures.

Photogenic new pieces have caught they eye of locals. There’s Love Your Beans at Charleson Park, Human Structures at Hinge Park, and Giants on Granville Island, which is the largest public mural ever for the twin artists OSGEMEOS (Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo) from Brazil. There is currently an indigogo fundraising campaign underway to cover costs of Giants.

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Giants by OSGEMEOS. Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr.

A Spot Of Colour
Giants by OSGEMEOS. Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr.

Standing on top of the bean
Love Your Beans by Cosimo Cavallaro. Photo credit: Mike on Flickr

Central figure Human Structures Human Figures
Human Structures by Jonathan Borofsky. Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr.

Also look for Untitled along Loggers Lane in Squamish, Bird Wrap in Thornton Park, Public Furniture | Urban Trees at Spanish Banks, Minotaur and Hare at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, and Blue Trees coming soon to New Westminster.


Enjoy a self-guided art tour using the exhibition map and visit the Biennale International Pavillion at 15 Wallace Mews in North Vancouver (near the Lonsdale Quay/SeaBus) daily, except Mondays.

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