I was in Vancouver recently in the West End area for a couple of days and found myself with a few hours to pass before I had to be somewhere.

It had not been an actual plan, but my time turned out to be a tour of public sculptures in English Bay and Stanley Park. First stop: the “A-maze-ing Laughter” installation by Yue Minjun at English Bay, where people love to have photos taken of them in front of the sculptures.

Next up: Stanley Park Totem Poles. I grew up in the Vancouver area, and this particular attraction was one of many that I avoided for decades as being far too “touristy” to be of interest to me. In the years since, however, I have come to appreciate the different styles and simple, yet powerful forms of First Nations art from the West Coast.

An interesting addition to the Totem pole area: “Shore to Shore” by Master carver Luke Marston. Originally carved in cedar, then cast in bronze, I found this piece to be very interesting from many angles. I am glad that the public is able to come close to the sculpture and touch the forms (unlike the main Totem Pole area that keeps people at a distance with a small water filled moat).

Along the Seawall: “Harry Jerome”. This sculpture, balanced on the toes of one foot, appears to float in the air as the figure plunges toward an invisible finish line.