Fine Art and Construction Sites Meet in New Installation

Coming Soon! by Diyan Achjadi

Photo credit: Harry Armstrong

A unique set of poster prints by Vancouver-based artist Diyan Achjadi will be installed on construction site fencing in the Main and Cambie neighbourhoods over the next year.

Commissioned by the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program, Coming Soon! draws inspiration from elements and patterns found on building sites such as dirt piles, tools and traffic cones and represents them through traditional drawing and fine art printing processes. The delicate materials and methods used will contrast to the heavy-duty processes taking place on the sites behind the fencing.

Coming Soon! will be installed monthly at the following locations:

  • Rendition Developments Inc.: 5679 Main Street and 494 Railway Street
  • Onni Group: 399 East 1st Avenue
  • PortLiving: Midtown Central at 702 East Broadway
  • Pennyfarthing Homes: 4988 Cambie Street and 5030-5070 Cambie Street
  • Locarno Legacy Corporation: 2468 Balaclava Street

The evolving project will also be on display at Welk’s General Store at 3511 Main Street.

Coming Soon! was selected as part of the City of Vancouver’s Artist-Initiated Public Art call that invited local artists to propose new works throughout the city, contemplating its defining features, spaces and neighbourhoods.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:                                                                                                                   

Achjadi is a Vancouver-based artist and is an Associate Professor of Print Media at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She received a BFA from the Cooper Union (New York) and an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal). She has exhibited widely at galleries and film festivals across Canada and beyond, most recently at the Richmond Art Gallery, Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), and the Art Gallery of Missisauga. Achjadi has had solo exhibitions at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Oboro (Montreal) and AIR Gallery (New York), among others.


The City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program commissions and maintains a world-class collection of contemporary artworks that contribute to the unique experience of Vancouver for residents and visitors; it works with talented emerging and established artists in new and traditional media and pursues excellence in art making and commissioning practices for civic initiatives and through private-sector rezonings. Find out more at or through


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