Engagement is an art work located near the English Bay Seawall.
The plaque says:
Open Air Museum
Dennis Oppenheim, United States
Painted Aluminum, Steel, Glass
640 cm x 853 cm
Dennis Oppenheim is one of the most influential and respected artists of our era. His work spans nearly five decades of art movements, and is represented throughout the world in major museums, public installations and in almost every book on contemporary art post 1960. He was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 2005-2007 Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale Lifetime Achievement Award.
Engagement references traditional engagement rings in a Pop Art form where everyday domestic objects are taken out of their ordinary environment and re-conceptualized as monumental sculptures. Sitting on top of the 21 an d28 foot rings, where diamonds would be, are two illuminated and translucent houses of tempered glass and aluminium. As a commentary on the precarious balances in marriage, the meaning of Engagement is intenionally open-ended. It asks us to consider the romantic, traditional, economic and social ascpecs inherent in the institution. The initial installation in the 2005-2007 Vancouver Biennale conincided with same-sex marriage debates taking place in Canada.
Engagement is located on the grass area between Beach Avenue and the English Bay Seawall. Close by is Sunset Beach.
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