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Adrift
Photo: Maureen Smith
Adrift by Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero - photo by Henri Robideau
Adrift by Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero - photo by Maureen Smith
Adrift by Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero - photo by Maureen Smith
Adrift by Rebecca Belmore & Osvaldo Yero - photo by Maureen Smith
350 West Georgia Street
VPL Central Library
In the vaulted space between floors 8 & 9
Civic
2019
Stainless steel and translucent cast resin
Sculpture
In place
City of Vancouver
Description of work

Adrift is suspended in the double-height skylit space that spans between floors eight and nine at VPL Central Library. Made of polished cast stainless steel and translucent cast resin, the sculpture suggests the skeletal form of a vessel or a boat fashioned from pieces of driftwood. The cast resin ribs of the boat’s hull also create the notion of fossilized bones. Seeming to float in the vaulted space, the new artwork is viewable from multiple vantage points—from below on floor eight and from above and the sides on floor nine.

The sculpture connects to the foreshores of the region: the boats used for trade, fishing, and connecting communities on these lands and waters since before recorded history, and the continuing significance of boats and travel to the histories, myths, and narratives told in cultures across the world.

Artist statement

"Adrift, suspended beneath the light of the sky silently asks the question – a boat or a carcass? The disparity between these two entities, a boat as an empty vessel and a carcass as evidence of death is a signal of the uncertain future that we all face together.

The unsettling nature of this sculpture hangs in the air, resting somewhere between our limited understanding of our ancient past and our inability to predict what is to come in time.”

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