Nothing Says Home Like a Blue Tarp

In the global art community, it’s often all about wrapping. Take Christo and Jean-Claude’s pink-skirted islands in Miami, for example…

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And their wrapped Reichstag in Berlin.

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People, that’s just not the Canadian way. Here in Canada, we buy our mystery at Canadian Tire…

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… which is a kind of reconstructed Shanghai warehouse posing as a tire shop and erected all over Canada. It is an art work that is as wide as a continent. Even Christo can’t do that. It’s here that Canadians make their weekend excursions: first to The Tire, then to the mountain or the lake. Readiness is all. Look at the size of that turkey!

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It even has its own money.

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And when Shanghai is fully reconstructed at home, it looks like this:

 

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Very inviting! Doesn’t it make you just want to get under there to see the mystery? Forget the mystery of books and reading. That’s not the Canadian way. That’s a couple newspapers jammed into the gate, that no-one has brought inside. Ah, but there are greater mysteries. Look…

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That’s a bed frame, that is, holding the whole installation together, and some firewood, to keep it from flapping in the wind, like one of those old-fashioned symbols of nationalism, a flag.

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The real flag is where the people are. Here, for instance, is Canadian Tire, the Morning After. This is not an atypical Canadian front yard.

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Blue flag still flying proud. So, the next time you reach for a  Christo…

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… or standard issue nationalism (note the stairway to heaven) …

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… remember your art…

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..and you’ll be fine.

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