25.8.11

MEANWHILE IN SWEDEN...

Modern Ottawa Cityscape Sweden OpenART 2011
Unfortunately, it looks like the impromptu swing didn't even last 24 hours before the fun police got rid of it. Meanwhile in Örebro (Sweden), a Big Yellow Rabbit created by artist Florentijn Hofman has been temporarily "thrown" in a public space since June and will remain there until September for the 3rd OpenART exhibition

Modern Ottawa Cityscape Sweden OpenART 2011
This temporary exhibit is a summer-long event, involving over 50 artists from around the world showcasing their work in unconventional locations of the city for visitors and locals alike to experience art. Doesn't that sound like fun? The event is run for the Municipality of Örebro by the art gallery Örebro Konsthall with the help of other groups and local businesses.

Modern Ottawa Cityscape Sweden OpenART 2011

The art exhibits are scattered throughout the city and there's something for everyone : movies, paintings, sculptures, toys, etc. Below are some examples of what is being presented (the giant rabbit is my favorite). You can see the full list of participating artists as well as their art on the OpenArt website here.
Modern Ottawa Cityscape Sweden OpenART 2011
The Shadow Of The Monument by Radoslaw Gryta (Finland)

Modern Ottawa Cityscape Sweden OpenART 2011
Page by Natalie Sutinen (Sweden)

Modern Ottawa Cityscape Sweden OpenART 2011
Mirror by Mats Åberg (Sweden)

Modern Ottawa Cityscape Sweden OpenART 2011
The airplane by Göran Hägg(Sweden)

Modern Ottawa Cityscape Sweden OpenART 2011
Paint Your City by Mark Jenkins (USA)

This reminds me of a friend who once referred to Ottawa as "the city that fun forgot". In fact if you Google "the city that fun forgot", the first few links that come up are about Ottawa. How sad. This needs to change. Ottawa deserves better, don't you think?

Photos : OpenART

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