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Illarion Gallant, MBCSLA, Featured in Public art has its perils and pitfalls, but also its pleasures

Thursday, July 23, 2020

From: Times Colonist
By: Jack Knox
Illarion Gallant, MBCSLA, cups his hands and hollers to the men in the hardhats, the ones oh-so-slowly craning his canoe sculpture into place: “You guys have got it backward!”

The artist is joking, having some fun with the crew carefully erecting his giant installation at the downtown end of the Johnson Street Bridge. It wouldn’t be the first time a boat-as-art piece had pointed the wrong way, though: New York’s Museum of Modern Art once hung Henri Matisse’s Le Bateau upside down for 47 days.

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Project: Hanley Residence
Landscape Architect / Firm: LeFrank & Associates Ltd.
Location: Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Photo Credit: David Hollebone