The laughing men otherwise known as the A-maze-ing Laughter sculpture got a queer remix just in time for Pride.
The jovial figures, created by contemporary artist Yue Minjun located at Morton Park at the intersection of Davie and Denman streets, first appeared as part of the Vancouver Biennale 2009-11. A $1.5-million donation in 2012 from Shannon and Chip Wilson, the Vancouver-based founder of lululemon, helped to keep the art piece at English Bay.
The sculptures previously sported wigs in 2011 when artist and hair stylist Trevor Sand gave the figures a chic makeover.
Just in time for the Vancouver Pride parade on Sunday (August 4), the figures appear to have been knit-bombed. They've been adorned in fluorescent knitted outfits, ranging from a cone bra to a hawt Borat-style mankini to a chest harness. And all in rainbow fruit flavours!
The site (which is currently fenced off) had recently been undergoing improvements over the past few months.
Were these outfits planned as part of the upgrades?
Hmm, well, we do know that the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation did create a Trans and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group in May to help make parks more accessible.... Could this be what they had in mind?
Whatever the case may be, happy Pride and lots of laughter to all!