Dude Chilling Park & the Reclining Figure

2390 Brunswick St Vancouver

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Dude Chilling Park & the Reclining Figure

Dude Chilling Park is a sign installation was originally created as a prank and now has official public art status in Vancouver. It is located at the 2300 block of Brunswick Street at the southwest corner of Guelph Park in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver.

History

In November 2012, the sign was created as a prank by local artist Viktor Briestensky, as a light-hearted reference to Reclining Figure, a public art piece by Michael Dennis installed in Guelph Park in 1991. Vancouver Park Board staff removed the sign, but local resident Dustin Bromley launched an online petition to save the sign. After 1,800 signatures of support, the Parks Board decided to reinstall the sign permanently on February 27, 2014, because it celebrates the unique characteristics of the park and neighbouring community. In September 2014, the installation was stolen but has since been replaced.

Popular culture

International attention for Dude Chilling Park included U.S. late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel who said "Between Dude Chilling Park and Mayor Ford, I might have to move to Canada." R&B Brewing, a local Vancouver brewery, created "Dude Chilling Pale Ale" in their year-round line-up as a tribute.

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