25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – Suan Phan: Abacus by Gwen Boyle

By Renée Mok If you walk westward on Keefer Street towards downtown Vancouver, the old buildings adorned with Chinese characters and the novel red lampposts of Chinatown begin to fade. At Keefer Place, a residential building at the historic entrance to Shanghai Alley, you will come across an abacus. The abacus, a tool for calculating…

25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – Untitled by Al McWilliams

By Eli Bornowsky  That’s what it’s called: untitled; why should it be called anything, this anonymous sentinel standing tall above the pedestrians on the corner of Hastings and Bute, in an upscale office and high-rise condominium district? Of solid stone sediment, this stock-still sidewalk watchman stands on the borderlines between the business quarter, Harbour Green…

25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – A False Creek by Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky

Article by Joni Low I visited the bridge at dusk, just as the clouds were breaking. The sunset reflected from the water onto the bridge’s underbelly; kayaks passed underneath, while birds migrated eastward overhead. Everything appeared picturesque; idyllic. Yet the simple chromatic blue stripes at the bridge’s base belied this reality, marking, as they do,…

Coastal City: The Public Art Program premiers the final four artworks in the series this week

VANCOUVER, BC – A new film by Emilie Crewe contrasts natural and manmade elements of Vancouver and the team of Castle Grünenfelder Ingram present images of local indigenous fruit trees in transit shelters. Ben Bogart’s computerized abstraction surrounds the light structure at Queen Elizabeth Plaza, and an image from Laiwan’s film Barnacle City will show…

25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – Solo by Natalie McHaffie

Natalie McHaffie’s Solo, located in Devonian Harbour Park (Denman and Georgia streets), is an abstract sculpture of stainless steel and carved cedar planks or ‘wings’ that fan out in a spiral. McHaffie says the artwork means to show movement, but not flight. Installed in 1986, Solo was one of ten pieces in the City Shapes…

25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – Cooper’s Muse by Alan Storey

Alan Storey’s the Coopers Mews pays tribute to the industrial history of the north side of False Creek. In particular, it references the Sweeney Cooperage that operated between the 1890’s and 1981, when it closed to make way for the new Cambie Bridge, B.C. Place Stadium and the Expo ’86 grounds. The cooperage was capable…