By Pamela Chan

The Gates public art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude was a wonderful example of a public art installation that the general public can actively experience.  It reminded me of my visit to the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Kyoto. It is always a pleasure to come across public art installations which invite the spectator to physically engage with the artwork. (Walk around it, sit on it, touch it, climb on it or walk through it.)

To do:

* Seek out public art installations in your community.

* Visit the new public art installations set in place for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

* Watch for opportunities to take part in public art creation

* Encourage your children to take photographs of the installations, sketch them, touch them and, if possible, climb on them.

Vancouver 2010 Canada Code “Give Peace a Chance” public art project

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad Facebook page

The artists’ homepage

New York Times article

New York Times home page re The Gates

News article that contains link to The Gates slide show.

Public art installation in Vancouver focusses on Chinese children

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