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Douglas Coupland's Gumhead public art gets googly eye treatment

DH Vancouver Staff Aug 08, 2014 6:31 pm

Since it was installed in late-May, hundreds of thousands of people have walked by Douglas Coupland’s latest piece of public art outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

If you’re a regular passerby, you might have noticed something different about it: the chewed gum public art piece now has a massive pair of googly eyes.


It is not known whether this ‘outside-the-box’ creativity, beyond encouraging the public to stick and add to the layers of chewed gum, was what the renowned local artist had intended for the piece. The 7-foot tall Gumhead sculpture is a self-portrait of Coupland himself and was commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery, which describes the piece as “a gum-based, crowd-sourced, publically interactive, social-sculpture self-portrait.”

The sculpture’s lifespan is now in its final few weeks as it scheduled for dismantling on September 1. It is located on the east side of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Howe Street.

Gumhead Chewed Gum Public Art Douglas Coupland Vancouver Art Gallery

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