Unique Trophy Designs
The Creation of the Prizes for the 6mR Open Division
We are excited to be presenting unique prizes to the winners of the 6 Metre Open Division, which have been designed and generously sponsored by Patkau Architects. Thank you so much for that! We highly appreciate it.
Patkau Architects is a Vancouver based architecture and design research studio responsible for a wide variety of projects from art installations to major urban buildings. An outstanding example of their building design is the Audain Art Museum in Whistler, for which the firm has won design awards including Azure Magazine naming it the Best Art Museum on their annual list of The Best Cultural Buildings of 2016. It is certainly worth a visit while you are enjoying your time in Vancouver.
The architectural practice is actively engaged in research, aiming to provoke the edges of the profession. Currently they are exploring the response of conventional building materials to applications of force and weather. John Patkau calls this work ‘material research’ but the result is art. Part of this research and a portion of the firm’s earlier work will be published in a new book: Patkau Architects, Material Operations (2017, Princeton Architectural Press).
To our good luck, John is a good friend of local 6mR sailor, Tony Griffin, who was impressed with the sculptural qualities, simple concepts and very rich visual impact of this material research. Tony recognized the potential of these pieces to become prizes and when it was suggested, John was very supportive. He is moving to explore opportunities for public art – and this work is easily imagined scaled up to a large size.
While at this stage we are not giving away any peeks at the prizes, we are confident our winners will have a wonderful unique art piece to take back home – or keep close to home, here in Vancouver!
Audain Museum of Art
Located in Whistler, about a 2-hour drive north on the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway, this gallery is definitely worth a visit. You will enjoy the scenic drive, Patkau Architect’s stunning building, the interior spaces and the gallery’s permanent collection of nearly 200 works of art representing a visual journey through the history of art from coastal British Columbia. Spanning from the 18th century to present day, you will discover one of the world’s finest collections of Northwest Coast First Nations masks; a large collection of works by Emily Carr, encompassing all periods of her artistic career; as well as art by important post-war modernists such as E.J. Hughes, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadbolt.