Coastal City: Watch for a new super-8 film by Lisa g. Nielsen that takes you on a tour of the sea wall on city screens and images of lifestyle books by Kyla Mallett in transit shelters

VANCOUVER, BC – The Public Art Program is premiering two new works this week, running through October 9. The Coastal City series of temporary video and print public art commissions launched on May 16 with new works appearing monthly through October 2016.


ARTIST: Lisa g Nielsen, Vancouver, British Columbia

ARTWORK TITLE: Harbeck Homage

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: Lisa g Nielsen was inspired by William Harbeck’s well-known 1907 film that records the streetcar view of downtown Vancouver. Like Harbeck, the artist is interested in documenting an unremarkable activity that represents the city at this time. Her film combines two of the things that define Vancouver, the seawall and the focus on cycling.

The time-lapse super 8 film documents the urban coastline from Crab Park on the city’s Downtown Eastside to Kits Beach on the west side. Using a bicycle specially adapted to hold a vintage super 8 camera, Nielsen makes her way along the seawall and then edits the film segments into a high speed 3-minute tour of the perimeter of the city.

Vancouver artist Lisa g Nielsen

Vancouver artist Lisa g Nielsen

BIO: Lisa g Nielsen is a community artist and filmmaker. She is interested in work that has historical reference, social relevance, and, where possible, comedic sensibilities.

Nielsen has been working with film and digital technology since 1999 and leading film-making workshops since 2007. She is a member of the Iris Film Collective, which promotes the creation and sharing of analog film.



ARTIST: Kyla Mallett, Vancouver, British Columbia


PLATFORM: Transit Shelters around the city

PROJECT SYNOPSIS:  Kyla Mallett’s transit shelter posters take the form of quasi-inspirational posters created from altered new-age book covers from the 1970s and 80s referring to “West Coast New-Age” culture. The artist reflects on the history of this coastal city through an association with this culture of pop psychology at a particular moment in time.

BIO:  Kyla Mallet completed her MFA at UBC in 2004. She works in installation, photography, and video, and pursues an interest in the transgressive possibilities of language and communication.

Her work has been exhibited at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Presentation House Gallery, Artspeak, ThreeWalls in Chicago, and the Mount St. Vincent University Gallery in Halifax, among others.

Mallett is an associate professor in visual art and graduate studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.


  1. Davie 20m E/O Howe SS
  2. E. Hastings 30m E/O Main SS
  3. Pacific Blvd 20M N/O Drake St WS
  4. Alma 20m N/O W. Broadway ES
  5. Broadway 12m W/O Arbutus SS
  6. W. 16th 29m W/O Camosun NS
  7. Clark 23m S/O E. Broadway WS
  8. E. Hastings 50m E/O Main SS
  9. E. Hastings 20m E/O Campbell SS
  10. Knight 20m N/O E. 14th WS
  11. Nanaimo 20m S/O E. 5th WS
  12. Renfrew 20m N/O E. 3rd ES
  13. Victoria 20m N/O E. 61st ES
  14. West Blvd 20m N/O W. 46th ES
  15. W. 10th 26m E/O Discovery SS
  16. W. 16th 32m E/O Tolmie SS
  17. W. 16th 28m E/O Trimble SS
  18. W. 41st 74m W/O Cambie SS
  19. E. 41st 15m E/O Earles SS
  20. E. 49th 23m W/O Elliott NS


Works by Elisa Yon/Amanda Arcuri 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.

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