Except this floating sculpture is not a big-budget flop. In fact, this curious floating object that is currently moored at the Heritage Marina in front of the Vancouver Maritime Museum makes use of wood salvaged by Cedric Bomford, with his retired engineer father Jim Bomford and artist brother Nathan Bomford.
The mash-up of spiral stairs, lookouts and ramps make this a magnet for curious kids, and a good introduction into what public art can look like.
An open house (or open barge) is slated for next Saturday (July 5), 2-5 p.m. with signal flag workshops running at 2, 2:30, 3, and 3:30 pm
Saturday July 5, in Heritage Harbour and at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, just off the south side of the Burrard Bridge — a good excuse to use the new bike lane).
More photos showing Deadwood in process here.
I love a sculpture that is both playful and foreboding. It speaks of the imagination of kids and the hands of skilled makers with means, but it also evokes our shared history of makeshift dwellings in the watery part of the world, and a climate-changed future we'd rather not imagine.