Created as a site-specific installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite exhibition in 2010, this work is a scaled-down replica of shacks that were erected on the Maplewood mudflats in North Vancouver. The area had been home to a community of squatters starting in the early part of the 20th century until the shacks were burned down in 1971. The makeshift construction of these structures evokes the utopian character of a mudflat community. The installation was gifted to the District of North Vancouver by the artist and moved to its current location at the Wild Bird Trust sanctuary off Dollarton Highway in 2012.
About the artist:
Ken Lum is a Chinese-Canadian artist and educator. Working in a number of media including painting, sculpture and photography, his art ranges from conceptual in orientation to representational in character and is generally concerned with issues of identity in relation to the categories of language,portraiture and spatial politics.