This is the first of a series of short documentaries I'm making on artists who do public art, or on the public art itself. Martin Kaltwasser and Folke Kobberling, from Germany, were invited to Vancouver in 2010 to make something from some of the leftover materials of the 2010 Winter Olympics. They found thousands of sheets of Wheatboard, which had been used to protect the appliances in a new condominium development which first housed the athletes before the units were sold. And as a sculpture, they chose to make, as Folke says in the film, something representing the destruction which results from redevelopment. The result is a sculpture designed to decompose over time.
Vancouver's public art scene really took off in 2010 with the Winter Olympics Cultural Olympiad, and with the 2009-2011 Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, as well as in 2011 the city's 125th anniversary. Other episodes in the series include interviews with artists Ken Lum, Sophie Ryder, Jim Denevan, Marie Khouri; curators; developers; and others involved in public art. It began as an MA project and grew from there.
Technical: The original video is 1920 x 1080 24P, shot initially with a Sony HVr Z5U (recording onto miniDV tape) and later, a Canon XF 100 (recording to Compact Flash cards), edited with Adobe Premiere CS 5.5.