"Human Structures Vancouver" public art in Olympic Village evokes spirit of Winter Games

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Vancouver Biennale

The world came together in Vancouver in 2010 to celebrate the Winter Olympics, and the spirit of the games lives on in Olympic Village through a new art installation as part of the Vancouver Biennale.

American artist Jonathan Borofsky’s “Human Structures Vancouver” was inspired by the artist-selected site, and the 2014-2016 Biennale’s theme “Open Borders/Crossroads Vancouver.”

Brightly colored human-scale figures join together in a tower-like formation that represents not only diversity but the power of global collaboration and human connection. The piece’s name represents “humanity building the world that they live in,” according to Borofsky.

While Borofsky has created similar pieces that are on display in Beijing and San Francisco, “Human Structures Vancouver” marks the first time the artist has opted to create multiple groupings of figures within the same single installation.

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Image: roaming-the-planet for Vancouver Biennale

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Image: roaming-the-planet for Vancouver Biennale

Within minutes of its unveiling, the vibrant installation was already serving as the backdrop for a wedding photo shoot, and exemplifying its intended sentiments, as conveyed by Borofsky himself: “[W]hen we feel connected, we feel better.”

Location: Hinge Park at the Vancouver Olympic Village

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Featured Image: roaming-the-planet for Vancouver Biennale

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