Denis Bouvier has captured the drama evoked in this photomural in downtown Vancouver. Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) is the current installation on the west wall of the Canada Line Vancouver City Centre Station on Georgia St. This project represents a partnership between the City of Vancouver and Canada Line Public Art Programs.
The image of actor Nicholas Campbell, former star of Da Vinci’s Inquest, obviously alive on an autopsy table with his right hand raised is very provocative.
Artist Althea Thauberger found inspiration for the image from the 1793 painting Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David. Marat was a writer who was persecuted and assassinated during the French Revolution.
By using an actor from Da Vinci’s Inquest as the model for this photomural, we have a local present-day political reference since the series was based on the previous position of Mayor Larry Campbell as Vancouver’s Chief Coroner.
Thauberger typically collaborates with groups or communities to produce films, videos, audio recording and books. Her works reflect on the relationship between art, life and politics.
Thauberger is based in Vancouver, but her works have been produced and exhibited internationally. She received one of the two 2011 VIVA Awards which are presented for the advancement of the visual arts in BC.
The Vancouver Public Art Program which has facilitated over a hundred projects during the past ten years enhances the enjoyment of our city for residents and visitors alike.
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