Have you visited the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC? It’s pretty sweet: friendly people, decent weather, excellent restaurants and — if you love nature, especially — endless fun adventures. My recent Alaskan cruise ported out of Vancouver, so I was able to spend four days checking out this fantastic city, including a fun-packed (and educational) afternoon at the very impressive Vancouver Aquarium. Let’s check it out! Continue reading Let’s Go: The Vancouver Aquarium!
Granville Island is a tourist destination populated with specialty shops, food markets and art galleries that’s accessible via a short ferry ride from the Vancouver waterfront. It was there that I stumbled upon this monumental work of public art locked away behind the security fences at Ocean Concrete. I immediately recognized the larger-than-life mural, entitled Giants, as the creation of one of my favorite street artist duos, Brazilian twin brothers Gustavo and Otávio Pandolfo a.k.a. Os Gemeos. Continue reading Giants By Os Gemeos on Granville Island
Anyone who’s visited Vancouver knows it’s a beautiful city with endless natural wonders to enjoy and explore. It makes sense that much of their public art also thematically emulates and plays with nature. A perfect example is The Drop (2009) which was conceived and created by Inges Idee, a group of four Berlin-based German artists: Hans Hemmert, Axel Lieber, Thomas Schmidt and George Zey. The group’s activity focuses on art in public spaces, with The Drop being their first installation in North America. Continue reading The Drop, Vancouver BC Waterfront
These incredible Illuminated Pink Octopi — which appear to be folded paper in the style of Japanese origami, but which are more likely fabricated from hard plastic — are part of a kinetic light display adjacent to one of the Jellyfish tanks at the Vancouver Aquarium. The colored lighting rotates continuously through all the colors of the spectrum, accompanied by lulling ambient music that recalls Brian Eno’s Music for Airports if he had composed a similar piece for public Aquariums. Needles to say, but you can see I am about to, it is quite mesmerizing.
On the back end of my recent and very fabulous cruise to Alaska (!) I spent two days seeing the sites in beautiful Vancouver BC. It was at the wildly impressive Vancouver Aquarium that I spotted this Shark Attack Mug in their extremely well-appointed gift shop! Fierce!
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