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.
For more information, check out the Vancouver Biennale here, or follow Bowcott on Twitter: @marcusbowcott.