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Art and baseball (Really!)

Next time you’re in Winnipeg, make sure to take a walk along Waterfront Drive, which is an easy stroll north from the Forks National Historic Site and the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights .

photo by T. Vatrt

Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg

Note that I encourage you to walk alongside Waterfront Drive. The pedestrian walkway curves alongside the Red River, in the historic Exchange District. You have to get out of your car, and walk, to discover the art installations along the way.  All of the works reference the city,  and its history.  They are very site specific.

The largest, and perhaps most eye-catching, is High Five, an installation by Jennifer Stillwell.

Apparently the view from the baseball park on Waterfront Drive is a good one, too.  Click here for a brief article from CBC News about High Five and the ballpark.

High Five

When I was looking at the installation,  I neglected to think about its relationship to the baseball field across the street.  I had a totally different interpretation of the work from the ideas discussed in the article!  Good art will evoke multiple interpretations.

Doesn’t it sound like the ingredients for a perfect summer evening?  A ballgame, and art viewing, all in one location.



Art along the way….underfoot

After the ‘risky business’ with Ai Weiwei’s installation, I headed towards Alberni Street, walking up Bute  (in Vancouver.)  More art surprises awaited me.

photo by T. Vatrt

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)

Medallion by Susan Point



Mowry Baden

Congratulations to Mowry Baden!  He was recently awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship.

This past February, I was fortunate to hear Mowry speak at a CARFAC panel on Public Art.  He  talked about his practice producing public sculptural installations.  His work involves the experience of the viewer interacting with the objects he creates.

Mr. Baden addressed the ideas of Institutional Vandalism, Public Outrage, Benign Neglect, Art as Amenity, and Self Financing Public Art.  He showed examples of his work in the U.S., as well as local art commissions in Victoria.

Mowry is speaking again this weekend, as part of Reclaim the Streets:  A Symposium on Art and Public Space at Open Space in downtown Victoria.