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Keep the "laughing statues", urges petition

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Fourteen tall, bronze men glimmer in the Vancouver sun, overlooking the sea at English Bay. The statues, called "A-maze-ing Laughter", are one of the iconic sights in the city. You might have even posed or laughed with them. 

The statues, created by famed Chinese artist Yue Minjun, were loaned to the City of Vancouver in 2009 as part of the Vancouver Biennal. Now they're scheduled to be moved, but locals are petitioning to keep the laughing statues right where they are. 

Touched by the public support in Vancouver for keeping his statues, Minjun dropped the price from $5 million to $1.5 million. Already, two donors have stepped forward to purchase the art for the City. If there is enough interest, the sculptures will get to stay.

If you're in favour of keeping the art in Vancouver, please email the Park Board at [email protected] The deadline is March 16, 2012.

The email must include the following:

Subject: Biennale Consultation
Message: I support keeping A-Maze-ing Laughter at Morton Park.





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