John Henry, USA


Jaguar, 29.5 metres (85 feet) in height, was created specifically for the 2005-2007 Vancouver Sculpture Biennale and was sited by the artist to serve as a beacon to the city of Vancouver and a counterbalance to the city’s high-rise architecture and the forested landscape of Stanley Park.

Jaguar, a title influenced by Nobel Physics recipient Murray Gell-Mann (author of The Quark and the Jaguar), represents the discussion of matter, material, and energy and reflects John Henry’s architectonic process of assembling metals of various types into precise constructions that are visually engaging and arresting.

Jaguar has succeeded in doing this by becoming one of the most talked about and popular sculptures in the history of the Vancouver Biennale’s open-air exhibitions.