Watch: Container art raises eyebrows in New Westminster

Friday May 2nd, 2014

The city of New Westminster is embroiled in a debate over the merits of public art.

A sculpture by Brazilian artist Jose Resende called “WOW New Westminster” is at the centre of that debate.

It is made of four rusting shipping containers positioned in two V-formations.

Resende likes to play with everyday reality, mindful of the historic fact that New Westminster was a transportation hub in its early years.

His container art is one of three works of art that are part of Vancouver Biennale exhibition.

Keeping it would cost the city $65,000.

Supporters call it awe-inspiring but critics are less than wowed.

But the dilemma for New Westminster’s city council is whether recycled shipping containers really represent their city.


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