By JEFF ALLEN
Rusty bones? The remnants of a forgotten ship? Something to climb? What exactly is that structure inhabiting the shoreline of Vancouver’s West End? The 13 rust-coloured steel beams—curved at a 217.5-degree angle—present a riddle for the eye. Most people don’t associate mathematics with a day at the beach, but French artist Bernar Venet’s sculpture “217.5 Arc X 13” illustrates just how effective visual number crunching can be. It’s one in a notable series of arcs Venet has created that can be found across the globe. The 5,500-kg (12,125-lb) conceptual piece originally landed here as part of the Vancouver Biennale contemporary art exhibition. It currently resides on Sunset Beach, where it serves as a backdrop and framing device for photo opportunities. Does it blend in? Does it stand out? You do the math.