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THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE
Photo: Karen Mills
THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE - photo by Karen Mills
THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE
THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE
THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE
THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE - photo by Robert Keziere
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC V6B 6B1
Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch
West Plaza
Civic
2010
Aluminium
Sculpture
In place
City of Vancouver
Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program, Legacy Sites, Vancouver 2010
Description of work
A large freestanding, three-dimensional sign with 1280 LED light nodes with the text THE WORDS DON"T FIT THE PICTURE. The lights change with a computer programmed sequence.
Artist statement
THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE is a text-based work made in response to the context, building and public surrounds of the Vancouver Public Library. The work takes the form of a large freestanding sign that sits in front of the VPL just off the southern entrance of the building in a heavy pedestrian traffic area. The sign takes its cues from an era of signage when signs were once seen as celebratory, grand and iconic – in effect, as landmarks in their own right as a kind of symbolic architecture (think: Caesars Palace, The Flamingo, The Stardust – to the landmark of all landmarks, Hollywood). In tracing this lineage, the work also acknowledges a local history when Vancouver was once seen as one of the neon-light capitals of North America. Reminders of this once past persists in signs like BOW-MAC “on Broadway” (now retro-fitted with the Toys R’ Us sign) and of course the W atop of what once was the Woodward’s building. In adopting the form of a sign, THE WORDS DON’T FIT THE PICTURE elides the classifications of traditional sculpture, by evoking a typology that is at once familiar and accessible. Taken within the context of a public library, the work touches upon – in a very poetic way – the use of words and language as boundless and imaginative, as a catalyst for a multiplicity of meanings.
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