Fantastic Trains

Sure, it’s bizarre but would you believe the mind that concocted this weird-looking contraption created a real life narrow-gauge railroad? And it was popular too. The year was 1951 and although Britain and the Allies had “won” WWII six years earlier, much of London still lay in ruins. The UK was coping with food shortages - rationing was still in effect – and the country was desperately trying to rebuild its economy. People were anxious, uneasy and depressed. What a better time to have a party.

Delightfully Deceptive

As I enter the massive lobby of the HSBC Bank in downtown Vancouver, Alan Storey’s Pendulum sways in perpetual motion. To the left, Connie Sabo’s delightful mesh constructions hang suspended above the floor. The Pendulum Gallery is the venue for Sabo’s new installation, information + impression, on view until Feb. 4. The exhibition consists of three works and, at first, Sabo’s central piece, information + impression, flanked on either side by Caravan and Memes, seems lost in the cavernous space.

Alexandra Morton: To Serve and Protect

“I was eight when I knew I wanted to be a scientist,” renowned marine biologist Alexandra Morton tells me from her home on Vancouver Island. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do but I didn’t have a picture of it. I didn’t know it was possible. I had parents who were worried about my intense interest in reptiles and amphibians rather than boys. So when [Jane Goodall] appeared on the cover of the National Geographic, she just opened the door. This was normal. This was socially acceptable.”