The street artist Apath has installed his third sculpture in the City of Vancouver. When seen from afar, this large-scale sculpture (approx. 8’ x 6.5’) creates the optical illusion of a three-dimensional sphere however, the piece is not deeper than a couple of inches. The symmetrical and rounded shape of the piece is created by a single interwoven line and spells out the word ‘apath’ within the maze-like design.
Apath’s choice of location and his means of installation campaigns for the freedom of art and public expression as well challenges the City’s strict regulations and opinions on public art versus vandalism. The city routinely removes street art, including much loved pieces like “Nobody Likes Me” by popular Vancouver artist iHeart or the clever R2D2 that is now a boring old red doorway.
This particular sculpture was designed to be site-specific and add to the overall aesthetic of the chosen area while being both non-intrusive and non-offensive. So, why shouldn’t it be left up…?