Arts·Art Minute

As a kid she admired the sculpture next to her grandfather's barbershop. Now sculpting is her career

"The pigeon poop, the weather and the streaks and all that stuff that comes with something living outdoors like that — it's really pretty."

'The pigeon poop, the weather, the streaks and all that stuff — it's really pretty'

(Lynn Falconer)

As a kid in Vancouver, Lynn Falconer saw a piece of art that changed the path of her life. "You know that big bronze sculpture down by the train station? The angel carrying the soldier away? My grandfather had a barbershop across the street. I used to spend a lot of time there."

"That was really ingrained in my mind." Now, after a career in graphic design and photography, she's made sculpting her work.

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A sculpture by her grandfather's barbershop changed her life. 0:57

For Falconer, the imperfections of the outdoor sculpture gave it more beauty. "The pigeon poop, the weather and the streaks and all that stuff that comes with something living outdoors like that — it's really pretty."

Falconer wishes there were more public sculptures in her city, and she's added some of hers to public spaces around the city. "Vancouver doesn't really have any figurative public art. There's that diver on the rock off the sea wall, but there's not much that's like that sort of European-tradition, figurative bronze sculpture. I just love that sort of thing. It's really informed my work." 

Check out more of Falconer's work below, and on her website.

(Lynn Falconer)
(Lynn Falconer)
(Lynn Falconer)

Art Minute is a CBC Arts series taking you inside the minds of Canadian artists to hear what makes them tick and the ideas behind their work.

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