news | Wednesday January 22, 2020

Laiwan: WANDER: Toward a Lightness of Being, in Vancouver

Talon author Laiwan, whose poetry book TENDER is forthcoming this Spring, has just unveiled a new art project in New Westminster, B.C.

WANDER: Toward a Lightness of Being (2019) is a public art project created in collaboration with UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) and commissioned by TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation network, and the City of New Westminster. The art project is located at the 22nd Street Skytrain Station Bus Exchange, 649 22nd St, New Westminster, B.C.

WANDER encourages playful discovery of and advocacy for the lives of phytoplankton, making visible the water critters inhabiting the Fraser River, collected for this project from nearby the 22nd Street Bus Exchange site. The artwork aims to encourage curiosity among commuters and the general public about the natural and built environment surrounding this site.

The project simulates a ‘hidden object activity’ where commuters and audiences have opportunity to locate the twenty-two icons and a number of haikus on site. Some designs may not be immediately obvious, but all can be found in a variety of forms, surfaces or possibilities

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