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…

25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – OffSite by various artists

Launched in 2009, Offsite is an outdoor exhibition space in downtown Vancouver at the Shangri-La Hotel on West Georgia Street. The program offers a rotating program of innovative public art projects by local and international contemporary artists. The artworks explore issues related to the surrounding urban context and the social and cultural conditions of our…

25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – The Drop by Inges Idee

We left Chinatown around two in the afternoon. We both decided the day before that we should spend some time away from East Georgia Street. On Hastings Street, we pointed out a lot of things—colourful Korean lettering on the window of a high rise (you translated: We are Vancouver Language School!), a chocolate-themed café (a…

25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – Substation Pavilion by Cedric Bomford

I must have walked by it a hundred times. Amidst the bustle of hard hats, spontaneous road closures and development signs, Cedric Bomford’s Substation Pavilion is a quiet attraction. Just over six feet square, the concrete structure stands plainly beside the entrance to the new Meccanica condominium on First Avenue and Quebec Street, one of…

25in25: A Public Art Retrospective – Kingsway Luminaires

  Kingsway is Vancouver’s oldest thoroughfare. Before European contact, Kingsway was a Salish subsistence trail that stretched from what is now New Westminster to what was then a creek at 7th and Main. As the road widened, so too did its meanings. Kingsway has been many things over the years—a military endeavour, a commuter route,…

Giving Public Art A Boost

On May 31, 2016, the City of Vancouver unanimously adopted a motion that recommends significantly expanding the City’s Public Art Program through a “public art boost”. Read the full Council motion [PDF] below. PUBLIC ART BOOST MOVER: Councillor Deal SECONDER: Mayor Robertson WHEREAS Vancouver has a successful public and community art program which has resulted in over…