The story of the time my favourite author made a bust of my head (true story).
Author and artist Douglas Coupland has been a hero of mine since, as a teen, I stumbled upon his novel The Gum Thief. It's essentially a story about a bunch of losers working at a Staples store, hating everything and stocking printer paper. Two of the main characters are lost and trying to build their lives. One, an angsty teen named Bethany, struck a chord with the moody shades of myself—not that I identified as her, necessarily, but I understood her in my bones.
Spoiler alert: Bethany tries to escape an inevitable-feeling future of being boring by going on a big international trip. The effects of the journey make her actually start to become someone.
Another spoiler alert: The same thing has been happening to me every time my feet touch the ground somewhere new.
So, you can imagine my excitement when last week Coupland came to Halifax for his latest art project: A sculpture of our country comprised of 3D-printed busts of everyday Canadians.
I was fortunate enough to get my own 3D sculpture and talk with Coupland for a few quick minutes about the project. The result, an article for The Coast called 3D or bust: Douglas Coupland in Halifax is one of the best things I've written in awhile. If you like Coupland, art, 3D printing or have ever even felt like Bethany, you can give it a read here.