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A-maze-ing Laughter is a collection of 14 enormous bronze statues depicting a shirtless guy laughing hysterically. It was installed in 2009 in Morton Park in Vancouver, Canada, as part of the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale which exhibits international contemporary works in public spaces. It has since become a permanent part of Vancouver’s landscape, and is one of the city’s most beloved public art piece.

A-maze-ing Laughter was designed by Chinese artist Yue Minjun, a leading figure in the Chinese art movement called Cynical Realism, which began in the 1990’s as a response to the suppression of political and artistic expression in China. The figures, measuring three meters tall, portrays the artist’s own image in exaggerated size with massive full-toothed grins. An inscription carved into the cement seating states "May this sculpture inspire laughter playfulness and joy in all who experience it.”

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