Arts

Main Street’s 7 foot, $100,000 poodle

By Vancity Buzz Staff | 7:24 am PST, Tue January 29, 2013 | Speak Up

The Main Street Poodle is the latest public art installation in the city of Vancouver. Located across the new 3333 Main Street (Main and 17th) development in East Vancouver, the poodle has few scratching their heads in disbelief, while others praising the work.

The biggest topic of discussion is the $97,600 price tag that was paid for by the federal government, TransLink and City of Vancouver. Still, others are confused about the meaning of the work and its relevance to Main Street.

The untitled work, dubbed “Poodle” by area residents, is the creation of Montreal artist Gisele Amantea.

Like any piece of public art, it has become a source of debate. After all, isn’t that what good art is supposed to do?

Amantea was one of three artists selected to participate in a public art program on Main Street called 88 Blocks — Art on Main. The first project for 88 Blocks was A Bright Future by Instant Coffee. Another installation project by artist Germaine Koh is expected to be unveiled on Main Street later this year.

Speak Up

  • Decter797

    I agree.. there is no significance of this… but there was significant layoffs and price of fare increase.. priorities are again messed up… thanks gregor you douche

  • Vetiveria

    TRANSLINK!!! They have NO MONEY!! but can afford to participate in this!?
     

  • Gu3s7

    This thing is gonna be the object of vandalism in no time flat. It’s a huge middle finger to the actual artists of this city. 

  • Islesfan91

    what a complete waste of taxpayers money.  Not only is Translink struggling to make money and has raised fares and still gets a chunk off every gas purchase, they deem it worthwhile to pay someone in Montreal for a giant flaming turd passed off as art work?  This is a waste of money that should have been put to better use.  The people who agreed to fund this should all be fired immediately.  This is not how Translink funds should be used, those are paid for by all of us and go toward improving/maintaining our transit services and roads. 

    All people involved should be ashamed of themselves.  

  • Benedic

    This is so disgusting, Translink claim they have no money to improve transit and they are spending money on such useless and ugly projects? The fares just got increased because they are going on the red. This makes me so mad, such senseless waste of money.

  • Woolysock

    Rather ironic given people who live in the area cannot let their dogs play off leash in the local parks…

  • Jacquierich

    this is ugly. as is a lot of pieces like this around van. doesn’t make sense to me. 

  • Jacquierich

    well said. 

  • Varouj

     

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    The installation rising on Main St has been a surprise and a
    disappointment. One wonders, if this was   selected by a jury or a predisposed panel.

    The height above the sidewalk, the poodle looking down
    questions the choice regarding the ethos of Main St. The cost carried by a
    project like this needs to be accounted for to the public.

    Does the design have any relevance to Main?

    One has to question the process by which the artist has come
    up with this, does a few visit up and down the street justify project. There is
    no clear meaning, only risking form with the self indulging image masquerading
    as public art. This is a misleading signage that treats the street as a
    secondary prosthetic.. The sculpture turns into a caricature of itself, where
    the artist imposes her values.

    What does this represent may be the harsh reality of
    gentrification. This reflects poorly on the relation of community and art. Yes
    we live in a time of irony.

    The edgy area of east Main has succumbed to a stodgy not so
    creative professionalism. The imaginary layers have infiltrated with the rich
    compromising the cultural nature of the area. Is this the message  we are communicating to the hip kids bored to
    the point where the upbeat pocketbook, extols the virtues of the bourgeoisie.
    The movement of art as radical ideas has fallen prey to the developer’s world.

    Few questions still remain in how the city gains by the
    choice of aesthetics that shuts out an improved design. The edginess is gone to
    the financial future driving Main St. We reside comfortably at home next to our
    poodles.

  • JK

    Translink shouldn’t be funding art period. Translink can’t even fund the transportation infrastructure properly.

  • guest

    what a joke.

  • TD

    Lions Gate bridge was not done by a Vancouverite…you guessed it, Quebecor! Donations like this poodle, is how we keep Quebec from separating, lol.     

  • no name

    the biggest waist of money ive heard yet

  • Varouj

    how about a campaign down with the poodle or t shirt with WTP

  • Zack

    Why the hell are you people saying good job on art?

    He took a god damn poodle from a Polly Pocket toy and scaled it up a few hundred thousand percent.

  • Varouj

     

    One has to question the process by which the artist has come
    up with this, does a few visit up and down the street justify project. There is
    no clear meaning, only risking form with the self indulging image masquerading
    as public art. This is a misleading signage that treats the street as a
    secondary prosthetic.. The sculpture turns into a caricature of itself, where
    the artist imposes her values.

    What does this represent may be the harsh reality of
    gentrification. This reflects poorly on the relation of community and art. Yes
    we live in a time of irony.

    The edgy area of east Main has succumbed to a stodgy not so
    creative professionalism. The imaginary layers have infiltrated with the rich
    compromising the cultural nature of the area. Is this the message  we are communicating to the hip kids bored to
    the point where the upbeat pocketbook, extols the virtues of the bourgeoisie.
    The movement of art as radical ideas has fallen prey to the developer’s world.

    Few questions still remain in how the city gains by the
    choice of aesthetics that shuts out an improved design. The edginess is gone to
    the financial future driving Main St. We reside comfortably at home next to our
    poodles.

  • Woolysock

    “does this represent may be the harsh reality of gentrification?”

    You may be on to something. Pets (mine included) take prominence over the suffering of the less fortunate here and abroad. We may not like the artist’s point of view but it is fair comment.

  • P diddy

    This makes me soooo angry I want to go buy a FAST CAT ferry! I love Canada!

  • Robtrendiak

    I
    originally was crazy angry about the Poodle, But I now think it is a
    great reminder how important it is to support local art. Here is a
    fundraiser for a local Vancouver dance guru who is raising money to
    start a dance school.  This would be such a great opportunity for
    anybody looking to support local art.  There will be multiple local
    musicians preforming as well!

    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/338504  

     

  • Varouj

    the object still sucks
    a travesty to the creative aspirations of the hood
    i do not mind the art support
    where is the engagement
     

  • ll

    very stupid

  • freemydog

    What message does this art bring? Main St needs a dog park more than dog art!

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