The Epcor Tower on 101 Street has a magnificent foyer and in that foyer are several pieces of art. As soon as you walk through the main doors you are confronted with a huge, 7,200 lbs sculpture of a grizzly bear eating salmon. It is quite splendid.
Then, on the right-hand side of the foyer, is a maquette for that sculpture encased in a transparent box.
It amused me to take a picture through the box so that the small bear looked large and the large bear in the distance looked small.
On the other side of the entrance is an artwork that I spent some time contemplating and it evoked several images for me. My first thought was that it was a giant slingshot that David could have put to excellent use when faced with Goliath. Then I decided it was much too industrial for that and I wondered if it was, in fact, an object related to Epcor’s business in providing and maintaining utilities. It looks like a big scoop of some kind.
I could not find the name of its creator and I could not find a similar image online, so if anyone knows what it is and who made it I will add that information here. Alternatively, imaginative guesses about potential uses for the object will be thoroughly enjoyed.
UPDATE 3 Sept 2019: I just revisited this piece and discovered in the floor the information plate that I had missed previously. (I had been looking for it on the walls!) It turns out it isn’t a pea soup scoop after all. It is a collapsed parachute! So now I have to rethink my perceptions of it.