Henri Robideau, The Giant Hand and The Birth of Gianthropology, 2020, digital photograph, Courtesy of the Artist

Henri Robideau, installation of The Giant Hand and The Birth of Gianthropology on The WALL at CBC Plaza, 700 Hamilton St. in Vancouver, 2020, digital photograph, Courtesy of the Artist

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Henri Robideau, The Giant Hand and The Birth of Gianthropology, 2020, digital photograph, Courtesy of the Artist

Henri Robideau, installation of The Giant Hand and The Birth of Gianthropology on The WALL at CBC Plaza, 700 Hamilton St. in Vancouver, 2020, digital photograph, Courtesy of the Artist

Artist Talk

The WALL Artist Talk: Vancouver’s ‘Spectacular’ Signage and the Birth of Gianthropology by Henri Robideau

Virtual

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Please note the event will be held over Zoom and the event time is in Pacific Standard Time.

Join Vancouver Heritage Foundation and The Giant Hand and The Birth of Gianthropology artist Henri Robideau for a crash-course on the city’s larger-than-life signage. We will discuss Robideau’s large-scale photo-based artwork for The WALL public art installation and discover how Vancouver became the birthplace of Gianthropology. While Vancouver’s neon period from 1925 to 1960 is perhaps the city’s most heralded example of its transition from gloomy, rain-soaked sawmill town to vibrant metropolis, the blackouts of World War II led to a new category of no-neon outdoor advertising known as “Spectaculars”. The hand of enormous proportions that stood atop McGavin’s bakery from 1949 through 1973 inspired Robideau’s life-long photographic study of humanity’s attraction to bigness, a new science he called “Gianthropology”. In this engaging hour-long event, Robideau will discuss the basic Gianthropological research structure and define the difference between merely big and giant, as well as share stories from his Gianthropologic ‘digs’ that led to the creation of his 1980 exhibition, Giant Things. Details on how to join this event will be provided to registered participants.

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