“Nothing endures but change.”
Every city has its legends and histories. One of Vancouver’s legends happened in Leg-in-Boot Square, Vancouver 1887, when a human leg still strapped in a boot was reported to the local constabulary.
July 2018, the “Acoustic Anvil: A Small Weight to Forge the Sea” gave a hearty nod to Leg-in-Boot square, a historic centre of industry, forges, boat building and stevedores. Maskull Lasserre’s massive sculpture, Acoustic Anvil: A Small Weight to Forge the Sea, with measurements of approximately three-by-eight-metres, celebrated False Creek’s industrial era.
Art remembers our stories, long after they have been hidden in the folds of history.
July 2020, the Acoustic Anvil has been removed from Leg-in-Boot Square. I walk past the open space and felt a sense of destiny, for we live in a state of impermanence. Life moves forward and change comes. Sometimes in small incremental strides, barely noticeable. Other times, with the strength of a hurricane. We are defined by how we embrace the ephemeral nature of being.
Our lives are a combination of story and art. With every experience we deepen our story and add vibrancy and colour to our masterpiece.
We are the keepers of our stories, adding to narrative of history.