Artist Marcus Bowcott’s Trans Am Totem, a sculpture installation curated by the Vancouver Biennale, began construction on Monday (March 30).
According to Bowcott, the sculpture is a commentary on consumer culture specific to its location at the foot of False Creek at Quebec Street and Milross Avenue.
“In a certain sense I’m saying, ‘Let’s realize we’re on the horns of a dilemma here.’ We’re fascinated by speed, we’re fascinated by consumer objects, and this consumerism has an effect on our nature,” Bowcott said.
Made with the trunk of an old-growth cedar tree from southern Vancouver Island and five scrap cars, the installation of the sculpture required a crew from Pro-tech Industrial Movers, a logger, and an engineer, and will take a total of two days to complete.
Traffic along Quebec Street is reduced to one lane during the installation.