Art project gives pieces away for free around Vancouver
Zebulon Lael Austin and Kristopher Grunert say they want others to join in displaying art in public with an option for people to take it with them like they did with these pieces. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
If you see a piece of artwork displayed extravagantly around Vancouver, there’s a small chance it could be up for grabs.
Local artist Zebulon Lael Austin said he and photographer Kristopher Grunert decided to try making the city a better place by leaving works in public for free in an effort to find a good home — as long as the person who takes the art captures where it is displayed in a photograph.
“It’s just our way of being able to take from our environment and give back to people in our same environment,” Lael Austin said. “It’s taking away a bit from the classical way of dealing art and that makes it more interesting as well.”
The pieces have been meticulously laid out with a note or writing on the back requesting a photo of its new home be emailed to the artists.
Lael Austin hopes the idea catches on.
“It’s kind of a neat movement of just giving,” he said. “I want to give the artwork a bit of a story and this is an easy way to do it.”
He said the aim is to create a good buzz and to turn it into a kind of treasure hunt where people get a sense of value out of the experience.
“All art is, is an idea, you put it down on paper, you make it something you can touch and you give it to people and they put value on it,” said Lael Austin. “I want people to think about that a little bit more.”