Published on Brock University (http://www.brocku.ca)
The City of Vancouver Public Art Program announces a new project and a new venue - the CBC screen on Hamilton at Georgia. Donna Szoke's two-minute animation entitled Canoe will play amid other content on the screen from July 11 to October 2, 2011, to celebrate the City's 125th Anniversary:
In this digitally altered image, the silhouette of a canoeist and a moving canoe are seamlessly replaced with the background image of the moving water and sky, so that the canoeist and the canoe are seen as a fluid visual extension of the moving water and sky. The outline of the motion itself remains visible. The two-minute animation was created by digitally redrawing 1800 frames.
"This work relates to its site near the Georgia Street Viaduct, situated at the historical end of False Creek and in proximity to Georgia Street, which was named in 1886 after the Georgia Strait. The artwork symbolically marks the entrance to what is now called the Salish Sea, via False Creek. The name Salish Sea is officially recognized in both the United States (2009) and Canada (2010). Its major bodies of water are the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. This work aims to connect the contemporary flow of urban traffic to the larger rural water based traffic of both historic and contemporary times." - artist's statement
Donna Szoke received her MFA from Simon Fraser University in 2007 and is currently Assistant Professor at Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Art, Brock University. She has produced numerous video and film works and has shown her work internationally.
The 2011 Public Art Program focuses on opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy unique images, objects and perspectives on Vancouver and British Columbia for the city's anniversary year. Details about Vancouver's Public Art Program can be found at vancouver.ca/publicart. The program has facilitated over a hundred projects in the past ten years, spanning large-scale permanent installations, design-team collaborations and artist-initiated artworks.