Dead­head: Open House and Mar­itime Flag Work­shop

Dead­head is a large-scale sculp­tural instal­la­tion mounted to a barge and cur­rently moored in Her­itage Har­bour. The work of Cedric, Nathan, and Jim Bom­ford, the sculp­ture is con­structed pri­mar­ily from sal­vaged mate­ri­als, with some sec­tions wrapped in pho­to­graphic murals.

Art Exhibition previously on at Other Sights in Canada.
From Saturday 14 June 2014 to Tuesday 02 September 2014

Dead­head: Open House and Mar­itime Flag Work­shop image

Published by anonymous on Monday 07 July 2014.
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Pur­pose­fully choos­ing the water as a site for occu­pa­tion, the artists com­mem­o­rate British Columbia’s water­ways as con­duits of trade. Moored amongst var­i­ous kinds of pad­dle boats, plea­sure craft, pas­sen­ger fer­ries, cruise ships, freighters, and barges stacked high with global com­modi­ties, Dead­head intro­duces art and cul­ture as valu­able cargo within a con­stantly chang­ing flotilla of eco­nomic exchange.

The title Dead­head has mul­ti­ple mean­ings: a water­logged tree par­tially sub­merged beneath the water’s sur­face rep­re­sents immi­nent dan­ger, and to ‘dead­head’ a plant entails pluck­ing rem­nants of past bounty to encour­age fur­ther bloom­ing. It also refers to the cargo, or lack thereof, on a return trip with­out pay­ing pas­sen­gers or freight. The Bom­fords’ inter­pre­ta­tion of ‘dead­head’ com­bines the par­tic­u­lar con­di­tions of the west coast — its unique cli­mate, his­to­ries, and economies — with the artists’ cre­ative process: a hybrid model of func­tion, fan­tasy, logic and mys­tery, and the pre­car­i­ous­ness of the unknown.

Vis­i­tors will be fer­ried between the Museum dock and the barge so they can explore the struc­ture.
All vis­i­tors to DEADHEAD pub­lic events will get a stamp good for 25% off admis­sion to the Mar­itime Museum