Late spring I went to Portland, Oregon. Many people go because of the arts scene, others for the beer or wine tours, others to visit an eco-smart city, and still others for the shopping (no sales tax!).
Not me. Well, I did like the music at Jimmy Mack’s Jazz club, the free city transportation, the HUGE bookstore Powell’s City (they aren’t really exaggerating about that!) of Books, and the shopping was well worth it too. BUT, the reason I drove all that distance was for the giant acupuncture needles.
They have an art installation there called the Portland Acupuncture Project created by Adam Kuby. The idea is to:
“…explore the interface between art, regional planning, traditional Chinese medicine and the health of a city.
Needles appearing across the city will bring attention to the some of the city’s most challenging problems, greatest assets, as well as places with enormous potential.”
So, a couple of weeks ago I went to a Vision Vancouver BBQ to pitch the idea to Mayor Robertson of bringing this to Vancouver. I’m working on getting this idea launched for next year, ideally.
Wouldn’t you like to see this in Vancouver? What a great way to meld attention to the issues of health, environment, community, and art!
If you’re interested in supporting my push to get this going, contact me by commenting on this blog or emailing me directly.