At this time, last year, I quoted John O’Donahue ‘s writing: “The time is now ripe for beauty to surprise and liberate us.”
It’s a challenging statement….audacious, even. I understand how beauty can surprise us, and delight us. This delight is at the heart of The Art Caravan. Does the liberation come with the recognition of beauty? O’Donahue says, “….we become aware of new ways of being in the world.”
I hope you had moments of surprise and liberation in the past year. God knows our world needs new ways of being.
After the ‘risky business’ with Ai Weiwei’s installation, I headed towards Alberni Street, walking up Bute (in Vancouver.) More art surprises awaited me.
Street medallion, Vancouver
The medallions (not manhole covers, as I originally thought) are by Susan A. Point, a Coast Salish artist from British Columbia. Susan Point works in all media: from fine art prints to stained glass windows to House Posts and Welcome Figures….there are many images to enjoy on her website.
It took a bit of research to find out about these artworks. Vancouver has a Public Art Registry, which is amazing in its scope. Imagine living in a city that values public art, AND keeps track of it. (sigh)
It was a beautiful day in Vancouver, and I was out walking by Coal Harbour. When I read those words I thought, “Hmm….could it be? I may have found the Ai Weiwei installation!” A while ago I had heard, and then subsequently forgotten, that there was public artwork by Weiwei in the city. The DO NOT CROSS RISK OF INJURYdefinitely piqued my imagination and curiosity.
Sure enough, there it was.
Ai Weiwei The F Grass, Vancouver photo by T. Vatrt
Because of its low profile, one has to be intentional, or in my case, lucky to find it…..or live in the neighbourhood.
Ai Weiwei installation, Vancouver photo by T. Vatrt
F Grass is part of the Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum. Here’s a link to participate in the What the F? movement against the kind of censorship Ai Weiwei has experienced.