We do not know when we started, we will not know when we will end
By Christopher Lacroix
Pablo Picasso once said that “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” That was the thought that crossed my mind when I first came across the latest Skytrain public art installation at the Broadway and City Hall transit station.
I looked across the other side of Cambie street and saw a new structure being built, rising higher in the sky than the one it replaced. The restaurants and coffee shops housed is the torn down building are no longer. Only the memories of good times remain to combine with the promise of new meeting places that will come with the ending of construction.
The creative process is never-ending, encompassing us all in the ever-evolving nature of life. It is in the act of living that we come to discover the strength of our creative spirit in embracing new truths that “runs down from the top of our heads and out of our hearts…
“We do not know when we started, we will not know when we will end is a series of photographs of the artist holding crumpled foil letter balloons. The foil balloons are the remnants of a video work in which the artist used these party decorations to spell out the statements “I AM SORRY,” “YOU’RE WELCOME,” “YOU’RE SORRY,” and “I AM WELCOME,” eventually squeezing each balloon letter until it popped. These statements, both submissive and defiant, through this humorous act of destruction, become as impotent as their deflated vessels. Rather than discarding these objects that have served their purpose, the artist holds them up triumphantly, monumentalizing them perhaps in the hopes that they will once again become legible.” Broadway City Hall Skytrain Station