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25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – WELCOME TO THE LAND OF LIGHT by Henry Tsang

By Henry Tsang A permanent public art installation with aluminum letters and fibre optic lighting installed December 1997 on Drake Street Plaza, Vancouver WELCOME TO THE LAND OF LIGHT is positioned along 100 metres of the seawall handrail along False Creek North in downtown Vancouver.  This public artwork speaks about how technology promises to bring cultures together…

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25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – Memento (Poodle) by Gisele Amantea

By Lorna Brown While much continues to change on the Number 003 bus route along Vancouver’s Main Street, the collage of text signage in multiple languages,  logos and graphics picturing everything from sushi and bagels to coffee cups and books remains, appealing to pedestrians at human scale. In the shop windows, new and vintage clothing…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…