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Wood sculptures celebrate B.C.'s roots at VanDusen Gardens

06/20/2013 09:01 EDT | Updated 08/20/2013 05:12 EDT
Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden, is celebrating B.C.'s cultural roots — and literal roots — with a curated wood sculpture garden.

Many of the pieces in the Touch Wood outdoor exhibit, which runs until Sept. 30, are of "monumental" proportions, and all of the pieces are constructed from salvaged, scavenged or recycled wood.

Garden Director Harry Jongerden says wood has played a significant role in the development and history of B.C., and of Canada, and even in the founding of the garden, which has a living collection of rare and endangered trees.

"Wood-related industries have been the backbone of the province’s economy making possible the philanthropy that created VanDusen Botanical Garden and its Bloedel Conservatory," he said in a written statement.

The Touch Wood collection, curated by Celia Duthie and Nicholas Hunt of the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island, features Michael Dennis's Council of Elders.

It also includes an update on a famous East Vancouver icon — the 'Chilling Dude' — with Dennis's Van Dude Chilling, a three-metre-wide sculpture made of red cedar.

An installation of Ghost Salmon, by Salt Spring artist Paul Burke, made an appearance at Salt Spring Island’s famed Hastings House Inn before swimming into VanDusen.

But they might have a hard time keeping up with the traffic that Burke's Giant Squid should draw.

For more images, visit VanDusen Botanical Garden's Flickr page. (Link at left.)

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