A-maze-ing Laughter

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A-maze-ing Laughter
A-maze-ing Laughter wide 2013.jpg
The installation in 2013
A-maze-ing Laughter is located in Vancouver City
A-maze-ing Laughter
A-maze-ing Laughter
Location in Vancouver
Artist Yue Minjun
Year 2009 (2009)
Type Sculpture
Medium Bronze
Subject Yue Minjun
Location Vancouver
Coordinates 49°17′15″N 123°08′31″W / 49.2876°N 123.142°W / 49.2876; -123.142Coordinates: 49°17′15″N 123°08′31″W / 49.2876°N 123.142°W / 49.2876; -123.142
Owner City of Vancouver

A-maze-ing Laughter is a 2009 bronze sculpture by Yue Minjun, located in Morton Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1][2]

Description[edit]

A-maze-ing Laughter was designed by Yue Minjun and installed in Morton Park (Davie and Denman) along the English Bay in West End, Vancouver in 2009. The patinated bronze sculpture, composed of 14 statues each about three metres tall and weighing over 250 kilograms,[3] portrays the artist's own image "in a state of hysterical laughter".[1] It was created as part of the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale, which exhibits international contemporary works in public spaces. The sculpture was donated to the City of Vancouver by Chip and Shannon Wilson through the Wilson5 Foundation on August 11, 2012.[1]

As part of the installation, an inscription carved into cement seating states "May this sculpture inspire laughter playfulness and joy in all who experience it."[4]

Reception[edit]

A-maze-ing Laughter was nominated in the Great Places in Canada Contest 2013 and was the only work of public art to receive a nomination.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A-maze-ing Laughter". City of Vancouver Public Art Registry. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Brian (2012). "Why are you laughing? $1.5M secures Vancouver's beloved smiling statues, but what do they really mean?". National Post. Postmedia Network. ISSN 1486-8008. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Graveland, Bill. "English Bay a beacon for runners, sunbathers and sightseers in Vancouver". Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Four Years of A-maze-ing Laughter". August 27, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "A-maze-ing Laughter, Yue Minjun, China, Vancouver Biennale". Retrieved September 4, 2014.