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Night is for Sleeping, Day is for Resting by Mowry Baden

Night is for Sleeping, Day is for Resting by Mowry Baden
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Artwork DescriptionTwo benches with mattress tuft patterns, steel sign.
Artwork StatementNight is for Sleeping, Day is for Resting emphasizes leisure and accomodation; title of piece is a quote from John Philp Souza that epitomizes the rest and relaxation that Victoria and her guests seek.

About Mowry Baden

Dates1936 in Los Angeles, CA
Artist BioMowry Baden has lived and worked in Canada since 1971. He has practiced sculpture for over 40 years and has taught sculpture at Raymond College, Pomona Clollege, UBC, and the University of Victoria, from which he retired in 1997. Over the past 40 years, he has developed various methods of decentering vision and interfering with habitual human gestures. He has built harnesses, furniture, rooms, pathways and catwalks, all with the goal of impinging upon the viewer's movements and awakening a physical self-awareness that was previously unconscious. Baden tries to provoke a perceptual crisis that assaults the viewer's confidence in the information that comes through the senses. His practice has always involved materials, just like any artist who makes objects. Ideally, however, he is less interested in the object than in the experience. He wants the viewer to enter the object (or the space) and have an experience that is visceral, internal, and sensorially cross-circuited.
Artist Resume1958, BA: Pomona College1965, MA: Stanford University1996: Victor Martin Lynch Staunton Award (Canada Council)2006: Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts


Artwork TypeSculpture
MediumConcrete & steel, cedar bench
Unveiled date1997
Dimensions26.8 m x 10.97 m x 5.33 m H
Reference #3769
SiteThe Landmark, 605 Douglas Street
Art CategoryPrivately Held Public Art
Selection ProcessPrivate: Rezoning Amenity
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: James Bay



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