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A-Maze-Ing Laughter Artwork Art

A-Maze-Ing Laughter at English Bay
A-Maze-Ing Laughter at English Bay

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.

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A-Maze-Ing Laughter Artwork Art Plaque and Inscription

A-Maze-Ing Laughter plaque
A-Maze-Ing Laughter plaque

The plaque says:

Vancouver Biennale

Open Air Museum

A-MAZE-ING LAUGHTER

Yue Minjun, China

BC. 1962-

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?

A-Maze-Ing Laughter inscription
A-Maze-Ing Laughter inscription

The inscription says:

May this sculpture inspire laughter, helpfulness and joy in all who experience it.

Where is A-Maze-Ing Laughter Artwork, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada?

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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