Arcs Reboot 2017 Day 284

October 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Public Art Day 284Public Art Day 284 Original taken May 2013 : Nikon D200, Nikon 24-85 Lens (click image for large view)

Public Art Piece on Sunset Beach named 217.5 Arc x 13  

Bernar Venet’s monumental work 217.5 Arc x 13 is part of his Arc series of sculptures which illustrate the beauty, balance, and malleability of raw steel. The name of this artwork is a precise description of its mathematical composition. All of the beams in the sculpture are nested and curved to the same angle providing a sense of balance and grace. Venet employs mathematical manipulations of this industrial material to explore the interconnected relationships amongst nature, humanity, and the universe. The repetitive thirteen curves give a resting yet rhythmic sense of movement and fluidity. The raw red-brown rust colour of the unpainted surfaces of the corten steel, an authentic surface upon which Venet insists, facilitates an interaction with the natural elements.  This sculpture was acquired by the Vancouver Biennale Legacy Foundation in 2007.

“Increasing levels of abstraction and complexity frighten those for whom art is a means to attain a comfortable expression of calm, luxury, and delight.” – Bernar Venet


For more information about this piece you can visit the Vancouver Biennale webpage here:


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