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So if the church was made in heaven how would God get them to earth..or maybe that phrase means something else!? This gardener looks puzzled - Vancouver is awash with artists and has invested heavily in public art and architrectural details which lift the feel and look of the city - this is one of my favourites on the walk from Downtown towards Stanley Park ......I know nothing about this piece - what it's called, who made it or what is being said by the artist - if anyone can help - great! Much appreciated - i'll see what I can dig up.


OK - here's what i found: Device to Root Out Evil Finds Home in Canada

The work is called 'Device to Root Out Evil' by American sculptor Dennis Oppenheim and it's in Harbour Green Park in downtown Vancouver near Coal Harbour

From A+E Interactive

"Just over a year after Stanford University President John Hennessy struck a blow against artistic freedom by rejecting artist Dennis Oppenheim's sculpture, "Device to Root Out Evil'' as "inappropriate" for the Stanford campus, a more tolerant custodian has given it a home. A private foundation in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Benfic Foundation, has paid $300,000 for the sculpture, which Stanford alum Oppenheim offered to the university for free, if it paid to install and maintain it."

What price a place of learning?

"Oppenhiem has said his interest is in exploring the dialogue between art and architecture by removing the functional aspect from the latter. But let's say he's also interested in having viewers mull the role of religion in creating moral imperatives, would that so bad for college students? Conversely, if the president's issue was with aesthetics, why not share it with the community and make that a learning experience?"

There's an interesting building behind it - an imposing all black skyscraper - a kind of cartoon manifestation of an evil empire built on exploitative commercialism - there is so much symbolism in this place - i won't spell it out.

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