The A-Maze-Ing Laughter art work is a fairly new art work in Vancouver that is quickly becoming the city's most visited attraction!
Chip Wilson and family, Lululemon, donated to city
On July 13, 2017 the city of Vancouver proclaimed the official "Day of Laughter". This was in honour of the artist of A-maze-ing Laughter, Yue Minjun, who was visiting Vancouver. This was his first visit to Vancouver and to his artwork here.
The plaque says:
Open Air Museum
Yue Minjun, China
Painted Bronze 259 CM Tall
This artwork is a legacy of the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale exhibition. The artist, Yue Minjun, is a leading figure of Cynical Realism, a contemporary Chinese artistic movement that emerged in response to the 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Yu Minjun uses humour, cynicism, repetition, and an emphasis on the individual to engage viewers and create dialogue.
The sculpture was originally conceived as a linear installation and exhibited at the Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art. The Vancouve Biennale provided the artist the opportunity to reinterpret the work for its new site in English Bay. In his reimagining, Yue Minjun reordered the figures to create a maze, and titled the work: A-maze-ing Laughter.
The bronze characters depict the artist's own face, grin gaping and eyes closed in hysterical laughter, and can be interpreted in many ways. Is Yue welcoming or mocking us with his smile?
The inscription says:
May this sculpture inspire laughter, helpfulness and joy in all who experience it.
The A-Maze-Ing Laughter art work is located in Morton Park at English Bay in a small park area right across Beach Avenue from English Bay Beach. It is bordered by Beach Avenue, Davie Street, Morton Ave and Denman Street. It is close to the English Bay Bath House and the Cactus Club Cafe.
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