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Love Balls On 4th

If you’ve been walking Kits on 4th Avenue since Valentine’s Day, you will have noticed Big Love Balls in store windows up and down the street. Light pink, fuschia pink, purple, white. The heart-happy balls are the work of local artist, Wendy Williams Watt.~

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Williams Watt, who is also an interior designer, first made a splash in Vancouver with her gorgeously curated Liberty home decor store on South Granville. She imported unique products and was also the first to showcase the work of talented BC artisans, such as Sid Dickens. Watt continues as an art director and designer, creating beautiful spaces, such as the studio for painter Gabryel Harrison.

Gabryel Harrison Studio

This is not the first time Williams Watt has been focused on spreading the love. You might recognize some well-known Vancouver artists and public figures amongst the diverse recipients of her Writing on Ribs initiative.

“I invited people to stand in an alley against a city wall, to let me write the word love across their ribcage. What transpired would move me in a way that I wasn’t even prepared for. I saw acceptance, I saw vulnerable, I saw joy, I saw calm. I felt trust…”
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Watt created the original, five foot Big Love Ball in 2014. “I felt compelled to express my love for humanity as swiftly and as vastly as I could. How could I share my profound feeling in an uncomplicated way?” Now, you’ll see pictures of people huddling with Big Love Balls from New York to Hong Kong.
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You can buy your own Big Love Ball, with portions of each sale going to charities such as the Rare Disease Foundation and The Trevor Project. For the month of February, hashtagging the Kits Love Balls will trigger donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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Written by Elizabeth Newton
www.creatorsvancouver.com

Header Image: Robert Indiana. Love. 1965

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