The joy of Public Art. Vancouver Biennale jumping joy with Barrie Mowatt and Murray Nichol

Barrie Mowatt + Murray Nichol jumping for joy in front of the Love Your Beans  installation by Artist Cosimo Cavallaro for Vancouver Biennale. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo Project
Barrie Mowatt + Murray Nichol jumping for joy in front of the Love Your Beans installation by Artist Cosimo Cavallaro for Vancouver Biennale. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo Project

BARRIE MOWATT

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
A:
YOU! I love the project, the visual impact messaging. I’d love to see it happen all over the world… on streetcars, busses, warehouse shacks, billboards… in Soweto, Berlin, The Favellas of Rio, Jerusalem, Ankara, Damascus, Moscow, Mumbai, Calcutta, Hubin, Guangzhou, Beijing, Lhasa, Dubai, Cairo, Addis Ababa, Dar Saalem, Casablanca, Tunis, in Iraq, Iran, Lapland etc. … capturing locals and their local garb… and eventually bringing all of these together as one gigantic United Nations pic or Canadian Museum of Human Rights Installation.

Q. How did jumping photos make you feel?
A:
I felt … kidlike… joyful… anxious. I love doing these jumps, been doing them all over the world since the Toyota ad days…

Q: How does joy impact your life?
A:
‘JOY’…… is contagious……… energizing…… liberating…… it’s essential to daily living……visualizing the jumping pics in itself is uplifting… bringing a smile to my face and appreciation for my life………


Q: What are you working on?
A: VANCOUVER BIENNALE

Twitter: @BarrieMowatt
Instagram: @barriemowatt
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Barrie Mowatt + Murray Nichol jumping for joy in front of the Human Structures installation by Artist Jonathan Borofsky for Vancouver Biennale. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo Project
Barrie Mowatt + Murray Nichol jumping for joy in front of the Human Structures installation by Artist Jonathan Borofsky for Vancouver Biennale. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo Project


MURRAY NICHOL

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
A:
I believe in joyful, liberating, spontaneous, uplifting experiences!

Q. Your experience doing the jumping photos?
A:
​Jumping made me feel like a kid. The entire experience was invigorating and highly entertaining. I would strongly encourage others to jump (and jump high!) and to be prepared for 100% fun! ​

Q: How does joy impact your life?
A:
I think we all need joy as human beings to feel complete. A wonderful element of joy is that it can be self-generated and available to us 24/7. A spontaneous, joyful experience can spin our habits of routine 180 degrees. I wonder how many of us experience joy, especially the uninhibited kind, on a regular basis. Another spinoff of manifesting joy for ourselves and others is that the joyful activity could very well generate more joy. Imagine: joy to the power of 1,000,000 or . . . 1 billion!

Q: What are your greatest passion in life?
A:
​Music, food, travel, Mother Nature (especially sunsets!), visual arts, intimate conversation. . . Anything that stimulates my senses!

Murray:
A:
As a member of the Vancouver Biennale Board of Directors, I am grateful for all the engaging experiences with artists, artworks, and the public. ​One joyful, smile-inducing #VanBiennale art installation is A-MAZE-ING LAUGHTER, located in Morton Park (at Davie Street and Denman Street) in the West End of Vancouver.


Twitter: ​@Murray_Nichol ​Instagram: ​@murraynichol
FB page: www.facebook.com/VancouverBiennale
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