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Striking, vibrant, beautiful: Public art on Molson Coors silos unveiled in Fraser Valley – Trail Daily Times – Trail Times

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Three brewery silos in Chilliwack have been ‘beautifully transformed’ into colourful pieces of public art that can be seen from Highway 1.

That was how Fred Landtmeters, president and CEO of Molson Coors Canada, described the 33-foot high silos now wrapped with brightly coloured pieces of artwork by Silvana Kulyk of Chilliwack.

‘Gifts of Nature’ was unveiled on Thursday, June 9 at the Molson Coors Beverage Company Fraser Valley Brewery. It can be seen on the north side of Highway 1, just east of Vedder Road.

“We believe this piece, in this particular location, will provide a buzz around the community and the hearts of all who pass by on Highway 1,” said City of Chilliwack councillor Sue Knott, chair of the public art advisory committee. “It’s a great thing for Chilliwack.”

She called the design “striking.”

Folks check out ‘Gifts of Nature,’ a public art piece installed on silos outside the Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery and unveiled on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The piece was designed by Chilliwack artist Silvana Kulyk. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Folks check out ‘Gifts of Nature,’ a public art piece installed on silos outside the Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery and unveiled on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The piece was designed by Chilliwack artist Silvana Kulyk. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Due to the silos’ highly visible location, the city worked with Molson Coors to facilitate this public art opportunity. The city received 22 submissions from the public art call-out and Kulyk’s work was approved on March 15.

READ MORE: Chilliwack chooses vibrant design for Molson Coors silos visible from Highway 1

The committee felt ‘Gifts of Nature’ was “vibrant, symmetrical, displayed motion and perspective, tells a story, and represents Chilliwack,” the city stated in the June 10 press release.

“Looking at these silos, which have been beautifully transformed by Kulyk’s vision, we see the Fraser River. We see locally grown hops and corn,” Landtmeters said. “We also see a thriving arts scene and a community willing to think outside the box to make things better.”

The artwork features various landscapes typical for the Fraser Valley: the left silo reveals farming scenery with hops in the foreground, the middle is a mountain with a flowing river, and the right showcases the abundance of forests in the valley with corn in the foreground.

It is the largest piece of artwork that Kulyk has ever done. It was created digitally, then sent to a local printer and printed on several pieces of vinyl. This past week, the silos were wrapped in the strips of vinyl, much like a puzzle.

She said she was “very thrilled and happy” with the result.

“It looks so seamless you can’t really tell. They did a great job with that,” Kulyk said. “I hope people are going to enjoy it and it’s going to have a good impact on the city.”

Her artwork includes children’s illustrations, video game art and murals. One of her other major projects was creating 11 murals for BC Children’s Hospital in 2017 and 2020.

Chilliwack artist Silvana Kulyk stands in front of her public art piece ‘Gifts of Nature’ which was installed on silos outside the Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery and unveiled on Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack artist Silvana Kulyk stands in front of her public art piece ‘Gifts of Nature’ which was installed on silos outside the Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery and unveiled on Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Both Landtmeters and David Hamel, general manager at Molson Coors’ Fraser Valley Brewery, said the brewery and the city have a collaborative partnership.

“Molson Coors has a long, proud history of supporting and uniting the communities in which we operate,” Hamel said.

Landtmeters echoed his comment.

“John Molson said ‘We are all members of a larger community which depends on everyone playing a part.’ He said that back in 1786.”

This artwork will continue the legacy of the brewery’s founder and, in turn, keep the company connected to the community, Landtmeters added.

“We are pleased to support the city’s commitment to making spaces more vibrant and fostering civic pride with public art by providing our silos as a canvas for the artist to display a truly Chilliwack piece,” Hamel said.

Members of the public art advisory committee line up for a photo in front of ‘Gifts of Nature,’ a public art piece installed on silos outside the Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery and unveiled on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The piece was designed by Chilliwack artist Silvana Kulyk. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Members of the public art advisory committee line up for a photo in front of ‘Gifts of Nature,’ a public art piece installed on silos outside the Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery and unveiled on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The piece was designed by Chilliwack artist Silvana Kulyk. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)


 

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This artwork is going to be on the moon 'for eternity' – CNN

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Written by Nadia Leigh-Hewitson, CNN

In 1977, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Their mission was to explore the solar system and beyond. Aboard each was a “golden record,” a copper phonograph disk containing images, sounds from nature, and music to provide a snapshot of life on Earth to any intelligent life the craft might encounter. These were the first images to be sent into outer space.
Now, as the Voyagers travel into interstellar space, artists are beginning to explore what they can do off Earth. In March a piece by Dubai-based artist and philanthropist Sacha Jafri is set to land on the moon.

Jafri’s work, “We Rise Together — By the Light of the Moon,” is scheduled to fly into space on a United Launch Alliance rocket powered by engines developed by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The launch is scheduled to take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the first week of March.

The work is an engraving depicting a male and a female figure surrounded by 88 hearts.

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“The original artwork was this beautiful heart motif. Two figures entwined, reconnecting and around them is blossoming flora, fauna,” explained Jafri. He says he wanted to capture “the unification of humanity through love and empathy” in his design.

"We Rise Together -- By the Light of the Moon," by Sacha Jafri.

“We Rise Together — By the Light of the Moon,” by Sacha Jafri. Credit: Selenian

For his canvas, a gold alloy was developed over two years to withstand the extreme environment on the lunar surface whilst keeping the artwork intact. But the piece isn’t intended only for extraterrestrial art lovers.

“When we land the physical work of art on the moon, a little beep sounds in the control room,” said Jafri. On that signal, 88 NFTs will be released for sale back on Earth.

Jafri plans to donate all proceeds to humanitarian charities. “I’m hoping to raise a huge amount of money for the four main charitable concerns of our world — health, education, sustainability, and equality,” he said.

The work was commissioned by Spacebit, a UK-based company that develops space robotics technology and data analytics tools, and will be sent to the moon by Spacebit and NASA Commercial Payload Services (CLPS). UAE-based company Selenian Network, which specializes in blockchain technologies, will facilitate the launch of the NFTs.

A lunar lander will place the work in a crater known as Lacus Mortis (the Lake of Death) where it will remain “for eternity.” According to Jafri, the mission will take between five days and two weeks to reach the moon, depending on conditions.

Art on the ISS

Jafri’s isn’t the only artwork to leave Earth in recent years. In 2017, a work by Israeli artist Eyal Gever was 3D printed on the International Space Station [ISS]. Gever crowdsourced recordings of laughter and used the sound wave signatures to create his sculpture.

In April last year, another Israeli artist, Liat Segal, and Yasmine Meroz, a physicist at Tel Aviv University, created an artwork that can only exist in space.

Making use of the lack of gravity in space, “Impossible Object” is a tiered structure of gold-colored metal tubes released water. On Earth the water would fall to the ground but in space it created floating elements around the sculpture.

It was activated as the ISS orbited at around 400 kilometers above the Earth. Meroz and Segal had predicted that the water might wrap around the structure, forming a liquid shell, but in practice it behaved quite differently, forming floating orbs.

"Impossible Object," by Liat Segal and Yasmine Meroz.

“Impossible Object,” by Liat Segal and Yasmine Meroz. Credit: Eytan Stibbe and Rakia Art Mission (Ramon Foundation)

“We didn’t know what the dynamics of water will be in microgravity — what does a piece of water look like?” said Segal. “We’re used to filling our hands with water, filling vessels. In this case the water isn’t held by any vessel. It’s only held by this skeleton structure.”

As artists get creative in space, Segal anticipates innovation.

“Many technologies were developed as a result of the space race, to accommodate for a new physical reality,” Segal added. “Now art and culture can enter this new physical reality. It will force the creation of things that we cannot expect, that could not happen otherwise.”

Jafri is also enthused about the creative possibilities and believes private space missions will open up new opportunities for artists. “I think people are tapping into people’s obsession with space,” he said. “It’s a new market for the art world to tap into.”

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Rich Russians’ Art Buying Is Target of US Crackdown on Trade-Sanction Cheats – BNN Bloomberg

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(Bloomberg) — The US crackdown on trade-sanction violators is turning to the art world as authorities track down works bought or sold by ultra-rich Russian tycoons.

Through a series of subpoenas, federal prosecutors in New York are demanding high-end auction houses in the US turn over years of records as they seek to determine if art was smuggled offshore or if proceeds from sales were transferred illegally, according to a person familiar with the investigation. 

Among those named in the subpoenas are sanctioned Russian tycoons Andrey Melnichenko, Viktor Vekselberg and Roman Abramovich, along with Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t yet public. The records requested of auction houses include any previous dealings with the men, according to the person, who didn’t disclose all the companies that were served subpoenas. 

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Of the major auction houses contacted by Bloomberg, Christie’s International Plc said it “cooperates and complies fully with law enforcement as and when we are required to do so.” Phillips Auction House said it has measures in place “to ensure that no individual or institution targeted by sanctions are able to do business directly or indirectly through our salerooms.” Sotheby’s and Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers Corp. didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US has expanded sanctions targeting Russian businessmen and companies with ties to Vladamir Putin. That’s led to seizures of luxury assets, from a yacht in the South Pacific to art work in a French gallery. The US Justice Department also plans to seize a Greenwich Village townhouse linked to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Read more: Art Seized at US Homes Part of Crackdown on Wealthy Russians

With its search of auction houses, the department is looking to track down “professional sanctions evaders” — people who help the wealthy avoid restrictions and launder money. This month, prosecutors charged two men, including a former FBI special agent, with aiding Deripaska and violating sanctions.

According to Georges Lederman, an attorney who specializes art crime and asset forfeiture cases, the crackdown has been the result of greater coordination between the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees the sanctions list, and prosecutors trying to stop money laundering. 

“In the past if you violated a sanction, you got a big fine and then you had to implement a more sophisticated anti-money laundering program,” Lederman said. “But now, because of Russia sanctions and heightened awareness, there is a greater referral of money laundering prosecutions.”

In recent months, prosecutors in Manhattan have narrowed the focus of their inquiries, asking about specific artworks bought years ago, as well as some real estate, according to the person familiar with the matter. The probe is being led by the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and the federal KleptoCapture task force, which was set up to police Russian sanctions. A spokesman for KleptoCapture declined to comment. 

$50 Million Monet

Fertilizer tycoon Melnichenko, with a net worth estimated at $12.7 billion by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, is said to have purchased Monet’s “Le Bassin aux Nympheas” for 40.9 million pounds ($49.6 million) in 2009. Abramovich is Russia’s second-largest steelmaker and previously owned London’s Chelsea Football Club. His ex wife, Daria Zhukova, was a Russian art collector. 

KleptoCapture’s lead prosecutor Andrew Adams told the NYC Bar Association in November that his team was focused on taking “assets off the table” before they could be moved to other jurisdictions.

One such alleged facilitator was UK businessman Graham Bonham-Carter, who was indicted in October and accused of trying to transfer artwork owned by Deripaska, who is under US sanctions. Using a shell company, Deripaska purchased 18 pieces of art at a New York auction in 2008, a decade before he was sanctioned, according to an indictment. The art works were kept in a New York storage facility until Bonham-Carter allegedly try to ship them out of the country in 2021. 

Bonham-Carter is fighting extradition from the UK to the US to face charges. 

In the wake of a 2020 Senate report on sanctions evasion in the art world, major auction houses and private sellers started including as a standard condition in contracts that the buyer or seller not be sanctioned or engaged in criminal activity, said Thomas C. Danziger, a New York-based attorney specializing in art law.

The leading auction houses have implemented voluntary anti-money laundering programs, but that may not be enough to prevent the true owners of art works from shielding themselves themselves behind webs of corporate structures or relatives.

“Putin’s banker is unlikely to walk into a gallery on Madison Avenue and buy a Picasso,” Danziger said. 

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St. John's International Airport Unveils New Art Installation – VOCM

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St. John’s International Airport has unveiled a brand new art installation to welcome arriving passengers.

The piece, Art Upon Arrival, includes 24 illustrations on eight structural columns in the arrivals area are adorned with brightly colored, graphic images that harken to all things St John’s such as food, plants, nature and music.

Artist Molly Margaret says after an extended period working on the project it’s fun to see public reaction to the piece.

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