Imagine my surprise last week when we visited English Bay down in the West End of Vancouver and noticed these statues
We didn't know anything about them but noticed the Christmas hats so we stopped to walk around the beach and savour a hot dog from one of those many carts in the area. I obtained information from the Westender (A local community paper)
part of which I have reproduced below
"Love them or hate them, the laughing cast-bronze statues in Morton Park, near English Bay, have been attracting people in droves since they were unveiled last week.
The installation, called “A-Maze-in Laughter” (an English translation), depicts a series of laughing men sculpted in the image of Beijing-based artist Yue Minjun, a leading figure in China’s ‘Cynical Realism’ movement, which began in the 1990s. The movement grew out of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, in which emphasis on individual expression broke away from the dominant collective mindset of the era. The piece is making its Canadian debut as part of the Vancouver Biennale, a citywide public art exhibit that will feature Minjun’s work and those of 30 other artists until June 2011. The “A-Maze-in Laughter” exhibit will also serve as the site of the Biennale’s official launch on October 27."
There were other people about also looking at these statues and mimicking their poses
Morton park is adjacent to the main beach area as you will notice from the background
The grounds were quite muddy and slippery so you had to be very careful of your footsteps unless you were wearing those special non-slip pink crocs
I think that the statues appear very festive in their red and white adornments
I think that this area of the city is the only place where you will find Palm Trees. It looks tropical but you will have to wear your winter clothing this time of year, or you will freeze .
I believe there are more statues scattered about the Greater Vancouver area which will give me something to do