I took a photo of this piece of public art in Vancouver without knowing a thing about it. Turns out it was the winning entry into a competition held in 1979 by Parks Canada to honour Captain George Vancouver, the first European to enter Burrard Inlet. They asked that any entries be made of a permanent material (not wood) and not be the likeness of a man which I think this piece adheres to admirably. Still, to me it doesn't scream Captain George and when you read the artist's summary you'll be as suspicious as I am about it's concept.
According to Alan Chung Hung (the artist); "The objective of the sculpture is to create a symbolic image with definite visual expression, awakening an awareness in Captain George Vancouver's contribution to the world, his remarkable and meticulous surveys which included the north Pacific coast."
Sounds to me like Alan had this handed to him and then came up with a description that included the Captain's name just to placate the usual whiners...and there were whiners.
Oh, and in case it was still a little obscure to most people Mr Chung Hung titled this piece "Gate To The Northwest Passage". Yeah that's the way to take any guesswork out of it. 😏
Anyway, it took me a while to figure out the best angle to photograph it but I think I've definitively captured the trials and tribulations of Captain George's travels and the subsequent subjugation of the native peoples and their lands...blah, blah, blah.
Now where's my grant. 😏
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