Cetology

Brian Jungen


Chosen by: Mustafa Demir, a member of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Young Associates.

“I distinctly remember the moment I saw this giant sculpture for the first time in the gallery. It fascinated me with its scale, elegance and creativity as it was magically floating in the air.
The fact that it was produced from plastic lawn chairs – objects that otherwise would be used, consumed, dumped – to form a skeleton of an endangered whale species makes my thoughts wander around the ideas of existence, co-existence, consumption, extinction, and more…
Happy 80th Birthday Vancouver Art Gallery!
I hope that sometime soon you will have enough space to have this amazing piece on display permanently.”

Brian Jungen, Cetology, 2002, plastic chairs. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Gallery. Purchased with the financail support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program and the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund, 2003. Photo: Trevor Mills.

One Comment

  1. This piece made me think more about the divide between the rich and poor, given that it’s made with cheap plastic lawn chairs and made too look like something you could only see if you had access to a museum. I wish I’d gotten to see it in person.

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