Touch Wood: VanDusen does good

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 3rd, 2013

Vancouver Sun – June 19, 2013

When Vancouver’s new convention centre opened in 2009, I remember standing watching then B.C. premier Gordon Campbell invite the crowd, including  members of his cabinet, to chant along with him: “Wood is good, wood is good, wood is good.”

He was referring to the amount of B.C. wood used in the building and how good it was and how good the workmanship was. Quite right.

It was, to my mind, a somewhat surreal moment, but not art.

At VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver this week, the Touch Wood exhibition opens: it is also a rather surreal happening, with wood sculptures dotted around the garden, but unlike the Gordon Campbell exhibition, this is art . . . and also the wood is good…

“Wood-related industries have been the back bone of the province’s economy making possible the philanthropy that created VanDusen Botanical Garden and its Bloedel Conservatory.”

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