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Nothing original about Wow New Westminster public art piece

An installation by José Resende in Sydney, Australia in 1999. - Galeria Raquel Arnaud
An installation by José Resende in Sydney, Australia in 1999.
— image credit: Galeria Raquel Arnaud

Re: Is it 'wow' or bow wow? (NewsLeader, May 2)

Who do these Biennale officials think they are, trying to ram this ridiculous monstrosity, by José Resende, down our council's throat with this all-or-nothing package deal?

I wouldn't even have dignified that with a response. I would have just shown them the door. The Biennale people have probably committed to this ugly structure idea with Mr. Resende and now they need to unload it.

First of all, Mr. Resende is an "idea" man, and what Biennale is trying to shove onto city council isn't even an original idea. Resende is simply recycling an old idea that he had constructed in his native Sao Paolo, Brazil, 13 years ago.

He did the very same installation idea in 2001 using railway box cars.

LEFT: José Resende piece from Sao Paolo.

In that installation, untitled, he used six box cars to form three large Vs, which were set up in a very unattractive industrial area.

So he hasn't even presented an original idea. He simply removed the wheels and subbed in transport containers for box cars. This is by no stretch of the imagination deserving of the word "art."

And you can clearly see in the accompanying photo that it drew taggers to it with their spray cans, like moths to a flame.

This hideous structure in New West will draw taggers in droves.

It will become a blight on Westminster Pier Park and will eventually have to be removed.

Marcel Maillard

New Westminster

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