Big Rock Candy Mountain is a flavour incubator and taste-making think-tank with elementary school students. The project takes its name from a folk song that has been revised and rewritten countless times over the past hundred years to reflect a comic utopia, where we hear a “…buzzin’ of the bees in the peppermint trees, ’round the soda water fountains.” The Big Rock Candy Mountain is a topsy-turvy world, where adults and rationality no longer define the rules and limits of what is possible.
Taking place over the course of a multi-year residency with Queen Alexandra Elementary School (located at Clark and Broadway in East Vancouver), Big Rock Candy Mountain expands traditional notions of public art. The project is disseminated serially, through artist editions, printed matter and collaborative confections that inhabit various venues and address multiple audiences.
Tall Tale Postcards were the first edition in the series of published works from Big Rock Candy Mountain. The culmination of four months of comic-utopic exaggeration and surrealist image-making with a class of grade 4/5 students, these postcards were risograph printed by Color Code in Toronto.
Big Rock Candy Mountain & Other Sights gratefully acknowledge the support of the BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Program, The City of Vancouver, The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Vancouver School Board.
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Photo Credit: Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling