If you've driven down Ellice in the past couple of weeks you will have noticed that some colourful characters outside the West End Cultural Centre have gone ! The dancers and musicians added by the venue some time after 1990 have been replaced by new, steel sculptures by artist James Culleton. The WECC commissioned Culleton in 2009 for the new, updated look to the new, updated venue.
One feature that remains the same is the sense of 'vibe'. The old characters and instruments danced and the new sculptures do as well. Culleton says this is down to the sketching technique he uses to create his art: "Blind contour drawing is an excellent technique for documenting live performance, as it captures personalities and movement quickly.” he recently told Timothy Dyck of The Uniter.
The art was unveiled on Saturday, September 25th 2010, almost 23 years to the day that the WECC opened back on October 24, 1987.
As an aside, the dancing mural wasn't original to the WECC when it opened in 1987 but the dark blue exterior colour was !
Related:The art of James Culleton Blog