Coastal City: A new video by Curtis Grahauer on city screens and images by Seattle artists Krista Schoening and Coley Mixan in transit shelters

VANCOUVER, BC – The Public Art Program is premiering two new works in the week of August 8, running through September 11. The Coastal City series began on May and includes 15 new art commissions appearing monthly through October 2016.

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Film still from Tidal Pool (2016) by Curtis Grahauer | City of Vancouver Public Art Program | Platforms: Coastal City 2016

ARTIST: Curtis Grahauer, Vancouver, British Columbia


PLATFORM: Downtown Video Screens. Thanks to our screening partners: CoreVision (Granville and Robson Screen), CBC, Telus Gardens, Terry Fox Plaza, VanCity Theatre and Pacific Cinematheque.

PROJECT SYNOPSIS: The film Tidal Pool by Curtis Grahauer represents New Brighton Park in Vancouver as a point of articulation between global industry and natural adaptation. The former salt marsh next to the Ironworker’s Memorial Bridge had a swimming pool in its earlier days that was filled by the tide. When the waters became polluted by industry, a new pool was built. Waterfowl adapted and settled in the pool through the winter months. Now there is an initiative to turn the edge back into a salt marsh.

The film contemplates the site as a pivotal place of contestation between the natural and industrial forces of the coastal city.

Curtis Grahauer LOW RES_filming the project for Coastal City at newbrightonpark photo credit Krista Loewen

Artist Curtis Grahauer filming for the Coastal City project at New Brighton Park. Photo Credit: Krista Loewen

BIO: Curtis Grahauer holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University. His practice is based in film, photography, and installation, and his work has been recently included in The Lind Prize exhibition at Dynamo Arts Association and a solo exhibition at the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Past collaborative work has included karaoke videos and a public access television program. He has exhibited and screened his work in Canada and USA, and has participated in residencies at KIAC (Dawson City, CA), SIM (Reykjavik, IS), and the Sointula Art Shed (CA).


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“Untitled”, 2016 (one of three works) by Coley Mixan and Krista Schoening | City of Vancouver Public Art Program | Platforms: Coastal City 2016

ARTISTS: Krista Schoening & Coley Mixan (Seattle, Washington)

ARTWORK TITLE: Untitled (3 images)

PLATFORM: Transit Shelters around the city

PROJECT SYNOPSIS: Seattle-based artists Krista Schoening and Coley Mixan collaborated to create transit shelter posters that are based on hand-drawn wave patterns, transformed digitally. The wave patterns reference the sea and the dynamism of the port city as a cosmopolitan destination for people and ideas. In addition to salt water waves lapping their shores, port cities are often the first places to receive waves of immigrants, new thoughts, and new technologies.

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Artists Coley Mixan (left) and Krista Schoening (right)

BIO: Krista Schoening is a painter, draftsman, and printmaker. She recently earned her MFA in painting and drawing at the University of Washington, and is now pursuing an MA in art history at the same institution. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame in anthropology and Spanish.

Coley Mixan is an artist who works in video, sound, and digital media. She holds a MFA in photomedia from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Works by Amanda Arcuri & Elisa Yon and  Deanne Achong are continuing on view at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza and the Canada Line City Centre station, respectively. Thanks to our partners Vancouver Civic Theatres and InTransit BC.


The fifteen new works that have been commissioned for the Coastal City series, are an opportunity for artists to explore the border between land and sea, the designation of boundaries and life in a region near the shore, the changing land and ocean-scape, the influx of people and goods, the unique ecosystems, challenges and opportunities – the circumstances that make coastal cities such as Vancouver unique.


These public projects are opportunities for residents and visitors to discover unique images and perspectives on urban life from members of Vancouver’s vibrant creative community. The Coastal City artworks were proposed by artists in response to an open call.

The City’s Public Art Program is marking its 25th anniversary in 2016. The Public Art Program has facilitated over a hundred projects in twenty-five years, spanning large-scale permanent installations, design-team collaborations and artist-initiated artworks. For more information visit:

Media inquiries and images:
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604 873 7947

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