OpenRoad Driver Volume 13 Issue 1 - Page 49

Volume 13 Issue 1 » 49 Since its creation, Biennale has featured 91 outdoor sculptures and new media works by 78 participating artists from 25 countries and four continents. Along the way, Mowatt left his gallery to focus the Biennale on establishing strong municipal partnerships, alliances with other arts organizations, international biennales, curators, auction houses and media. He wanted to extend the Biennale’s audience and impact globally. Funded through grants and sponsorships, gifts in-kind, philanthropic donations and supplemented by the sale of art, the Biennale has facilitated the acquisition of over $3 million worth of public art donated to host cities. This legacy is exemplified in the “only public art installation in the country nominated as one of the Great Places in Canada, the iconic A-maze-ing Laughter” in Morton Park by Yue Minjun of China. Another example is the whimsical Jasper, across from the Listel Hotel on Robson Street by New York artist John Clement. Vancouver Biennale is unique in crossing multiple disciplines, featuring sculpture, new media, film, music, and performance. It literally transforms Vancouver’s urban landscape into an Open Air Museum. The most recent work, WOW Westminster, is the largest public art installation of the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale. Now the dominant view along the Fraser River and from the bridges at Westminster Pier Park in New Westminster, the 140-foot installation is comprised of four 40-foot shipping containers precariously cantilevered to form a towering ‘W.’ It is designed by Brazilian artist José Resende. Marcello Dantas, the Biennale’s senior curator, is credited with choosing the site and Resende. He says, “WOW Westminster is not only an interpretation of the economic activity of the Fraser, it’s about capturing the energy and history of this transportation hub, the transformation of the City of New Westminster and its waterfront into a recreational arts and cultural playground.” Sure to resonate with car enthusiasts, Trans Am Totem by Vancouver artist