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The History of Jericho Beach November 27, 2019

19th Century Jericho When Captains George Vancouver and Dionisio Galiano arrived in English Bay in 1792, Jericho Beach was the site of a native Musqueum Nation village (Ee’yullmough).  The wood used to repair those first European ships came, in fact, from Jericho Beach. “Jericho” refers to ‘Jerry’s Cove’, the name for the area at that time. It was named after Jeremiah Rogers, one of the first men to log that area in the 1860s.  A few of the original…

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Charles Marega’s Art November 26, 2019

Called “the greatest sculptor in Western Canada”, our beautiful city of Vancouver features several sculptures by Austria-Hungarian artist, Charles Marega. Those two lions at the south end of the Lion’s Gate Bridge were sculpted by Marega. The David Oppenheimer bust across from the park board office in Stanley Park was done by Marega (in honor of Vancouver’s second mayor). Or the statue of Capt. George Vancouver situated at the north side of city hall, that, too, is a…

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A Very Brief History of Sculpture November 22, 2019

The Löwenmensch Statuette An ivory statuette from the Paleolithic period, dating back to around 35,000 BC, is one of the oldest sculptures ever discovered. Discovered in a cave in Hohlenstein-Stadel, Germany in 1939, it was carved out of mammoth tusk. Called Löwenmensch (German for ‘lion human’), it is about 12” tall, and depicts a human figure with a feline face. It has been estimated that the carving, using primitive flint tools, likely took more than…

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Art of the 1970s November 8, 2019

The period of the late 1960s and early 1970’s offered a fresh definition for creative production. This period marks the birth of contemporary art, also known as ‘Postmodernism’. It was a period of change, greatly influenced by the hippie movement and student protests of 1968. The 60s generated a number of new art movements, such as conceptual art and minimalism, as well as performance and installation art. These new ideas continued to grow and influence the…

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Michelangelo November 6, 2019

Who Was Michelangelo? Widely considered one of the most brilliant artists of the Italian Renaissance, (indeed, of all time) Michelangelo was the epitome of a ‘Renaissance man‘. During his remarkable career, Michelangelo created lasting masterpieces as a painter, a sculptor, an architect and a poet. Many of his works are considered to be among the greatest work of art of all time. Even in his own time, he was already famous for his artistic virtuosity. In fact,…

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The Great Fire of Vancouver November 2, 2019

On June 13, 1886, most of the fledging city of Vancouver, officially barely two months old, was destroyed by a huge fire. At the time, residents had been clearing the forested areas, and much construction had already begun. The fire started when a sudden wind blew flames from a brush-clearing fire onto dry brush west of the city. The flames quickly picked up, and tore through the Canadian Pacific Railway lands (most of today’s downtown…

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