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The Jade Canoe March 12, 2020

The iconic Jade Canoe, designed by Haida artist, Bill Reid, serves as the natural center point of the Vancouver International Airport. ‘The Jade Canoe’ is also widely considered to be Reid’s greatest masterpiece. Nearly 20 feet long, 13 feet high, and 11.5 feet wide, the bronze sculpture weighs over 5 tons. The canoe’s green patina is meant to mimic jade, BC’s official gemstone. Indeed, there is something ‘magical’ about the sculpture, and travelers can often…

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Olafur Eliasson March 4, 2020

Eliasson and Art Installations Danish artist, Olafur Eliasson, is known for his ‘natural elements’ sculptures and art installations. Much of his work incorporates natural elements, such as light, air, and water, and explores the interaction between the artwork and the viewer. Often, the viewer discovers that the ordinary is not so ordinary after all. This ‘interactive’ aspect is one of the essential characteristics of ‘installation art’. In this respect, it’s quite similar to artworks known…

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Vancouver’s Spinning Chandelier February 29, 2020

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart has called it “the most important piece of public art in the history of our city”. Located underneath Vancouver’s Granville Street Bridge, the controversial Spinning Chandelier is the creation of artist, Rodney Graham. The project was privately funded by Vancouver-based Westbank Corp. The cost, originally estimated at $900,000, ended up, by the time it was installed in November 2019, coming in at a staggering $4.88 million dollars! Westbank founder, Ian Gillespie,…

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Interpreting Art February 22, 2020

When it comes to interpreting art, all opinions are equal… but some are ‘more equal’ than others. Why? Well, since nothing exists by itself, ‘context’ matters. Context is the additional information that allows us to derive a deeper understanding in virtually every human endeavor. It’s because of the context, for example, that we consider Robin Hood to be a hero rather than a thief. When we say one opinion is more ‘informed’ than another, what…

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Snow Art February 8, 2020

We’ve all, at one time or another, made a snowman or a ‘snow angel’, after a fresh snowfall. But Simon Beck has taken this practice to a whole new level. When he left his office job to follow his passion for art, Beck decided to combine his artistic passion with his love of the outdoors. Now, he is a professional ‘snow artist’. That is to say, he uses snow as his paint, and the landscape…

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Censorship in Art February 6, 2020

Did you know that many of the greatest works of art were once the victim of censorship? By definition, censorship is “the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and removing things that are considered to be offensive, immoral, harmful to society, etc.” Although it may be commonly thought that censorship affects mainly film and literary works, here are a few examples of censorship in art that may surprise you. Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ Not…

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Sea to Sky January 31, 2020

Snowy peaks that pierce the clouds. Glimmering blue sea and rushing green rivers. Lush, towering trees. One might imagine a mad deity, after creating this corridor, surveying his handiwork and commanding – “Steeper! Deeper! Faster! Higher!” Howe Sound Sound is a deep, U-shaped fiord carved into the Coast Mountains by glaciers. And the Sea to Sky Highway is the moniker for the roadway that follows the eastern slope of Howe Sound. The route hugs the…

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Tips On Investing in Art January 14, 2020

Investing in art can be a crap shoot. Or, it can be a rewarding and profitable investment. Of course, the best advice is, first and foremost, buy art that you like, for the real value in art is how it makes you ‘feel’. That said, art can and may certainly appreciate in value. Here are some tips to keep in mind, which may help you to make a good decision. The keyword is ‘research’. 1.…

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Indonesia Find – Possibly World’s Oldest Artwork January 11, 2020

An Indonesia cave painting, discovered two years ago on the island of Sulawesi, could be the world’s oldest figurative artwork. Dating back nearly 44,000 years, the painting suggests an advanced artistic culture. The 4.5-meter wide painting depicts a prehistoric hunting scene, which features wild animals being chased by hunters wielding what appear to be spears and ropes. Using dating technology, the team at Australia’s Griffith University determined the limestone cave painting to be at least…

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Norman Rockwell January 10, 2020

His Early Years Born in New York City on February 3, 1894, Norman Rockwell knew, by the time he was 14, that he would be a professional artist. It was then that he began taking classes at The New School of Art. Two years later, Rockwell dropped out of high school and enrolled at the National Academy of Design, later transferring to the Art Students League of New York. Upon graduating, Rockwell found immediate work…

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