Marie Khouri, Canada/France
Marie Khouri celebrates her first public art installation with the debut of Le Banc, a white cast-cement bench that is 11 ft long. Le Banc is defined by fluid curvatures, free-form arcs and circular seating space. Khouri has stripped away what does not comprise the essence of the work and emphasizes torsion and movement. Khouri likes to shift from intricate, worked surfacing to very pure contemporary forms in her pursuit of danger and challenge, pushing the boundaries of herself and her medium. This to her is creativity.
With the installation of Le Banc at Olympic Station along the new rapid transit Canada Line, she has received significant media and museum attention, including inclusion in Architectural Digest, The Vancouver Sun and CBC News, as well as commissions in France, the USA, Canada and Mexico.