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  1. Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Shadow, 2018. Photo: Robert Keziere.

Inauguration of The Shadow

by Esther Shalev-Gerz

Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm

Commissioned with support from the Burrard Arts Foundation, Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge, Brigitte and Henning Freybe, Phil Lind, the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation and Rennie Collection, Esther Shalev-Gerz’s The Shadow embeds a ghostly silhouette of a first-growth fir tree across the expanse of University Commons Plaza outside of The Nest. Join us for the inauguration of this majestic public artwork with music composed by UBC School of Music PhD candidate Ramsey Sadaka and a tree tour by UBC Horticulture’s Egan Davis.

Esther Shalev-Gerz is an internationally renowned artist. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, she was raised in Jerusalem, Israel and has been residing in Paris since 1984, spending her summers on Cortes Island, BC. Her work investigates the construction of knowledge, history and cultural identities. She has exhibited internationally in, amongst other places, San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, Vancouver, Finland, Detroit, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York and created permanent projects in public spaces in Hamburg, Galilee, Stockholm, Geneva, Wanas, Glasgow and now Vancouver.

For more information about The Shadow, visit the Outdoor Art Collection

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tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689