By Marie Khouri
Histoire d’O was the first large sculptural piece created by artist, Marie Khouri, upon her arrival in Vancouver in 2006. It was hand-sculpted in clay then cast in concrete; the piece at Olympic Village Station is the artist’s own and she has graciously loaned to the Canada Line Public Art Program. Only 8 sculptures were cast from the original mould and they have all been sold.
Having come to Canada from France, Marie was struck by the amount of rain that Vancouver receives and the significant role the element of water plays in the design of the city. The lush vegetation, abundance of fresh water and proximity to the sea are major components in what make Vancouver a truly unique and beautiful city.
Histoire d’O is an ode to water. Water, the essential element for survival of the human race and rapidly becoming more scarce throughout the world.
Marie credits Capilano University’s ‘Studio Art’ program and instructor George Rammel for encouraging her to create large scale sculptures. She continues to work at the Capilano U Art Studio creating original and brilliant pieces of usable art for public spaces and stunning wearable art.