On our very first day in Vancouver, on our very first walk outside our hotel, we encountered this bronze sculpture in a small park between our hotel and the beach:
The sculpture is called “A-Mazing Laughter”, and it was created by Yue Minjun of Beijing, China. I chose to process this particular shot in black-and-white to concentrate on the texture and seams in the bronze, rather than the color of the metal. It looks like a patchwork quilt, only welded together instead of sewn. I also wanted to isolate just one of the figures, rather than the entire display. Why? I don’t know, except that it allowed me to see details that I would have missed by trying to capture the entire scene.
What was the entire scene, you may ask? Here are a couple of snapshots that will give you an idea of the scale of the entire sculpture:
If you’re interested in learning more about the display, here’s a link to a website that talks about the artist, the design, and how it came to be located near the beach on English Bay in Vancouver.
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