HIP Bananas Press Release
Bringing surprise, spontaneity and thoughtful fun back to our streets.
HIP Developments unveils public art designed to make us think, laugh and get back to making real connections.
On Friday July 17th, HIP Developments unveiled a new sculpture on the King Street frontage of its Circa 1877 condo project in uptown Waterloo. Created by world-renowned local artist Tim Schmalz, the tall sculpture depicts monkeys cascading out of a barrel, all clamoring to a large ape sitting intently gazing at its smartphone humorously branded “Banana” – which is also the title of the artwork.
“Our intent is to bring some thoughtful levity to public conversations.” Stated Scott Higgins, President of HIP Developments. “It seems that with each passing day the world is becoming a more serious place. And, technology is continually hitting us with a barrage of pronouncements, demands, memes and worries. Maybe it’s evolution and progress. Or, maybe it’s turning life into a barrel of monkeys. We hope the sculpture helps us all stepped away from our self-absorbed thoughts and social media silos and get back to finding surprises, smiles and real friendships on real streets and neighbourhoods.”
Tim Schmalz, know for creating art that often addresses big issues including religion, enjoyed the opportunity to use lighter subject matter to create thought and conversation. “Laughter and fun can be a great instigator of positive change – especially if we all laugh together.” said Schmalz.
Both HIP and Schmalz believe that public art and public spaces should be used to bring people together. That can be done in many ways and some of the greatest public spaces are designed for play. As Cartier Des Spectacle in Montreal illustrates - people who play together stay together.
“I think that communities that can laugh at themselves are confident communities. We see it over and over again around the world.” says Higgins. I also believe Waterloo Region has quickly become one of those communities.”
Photo Sourced from Waterloo Chronicle