Walk down South Main and you’ll notice all sorts of colourful, eclectic treats: storefronts, restaurants, and in particular, art. It’s hard to miss the street art that makes Main Street so unique. But take a closer look and you’ll notice that snippets of advice, poetry, and musings pepper the building facades. Vancouver, one’s own existence, and living life to its fullest are common themes in the thoughts along Main Street. While some words like the Margaret Mead quote are permanent, others are temporary and are already fading away. At the same time, new word art is always appearing, making the art of Main Street constantly changing.
If you would like to take see Main Street’s word art for yourself, I suggest taking a walking tour. Start at Main St & 5th Ave, walking north towards King Edward, then double back to see what you missed on the other side of the street. Due to the ever-changing nature of Main Street’s art, there is no definitive guide other than keeping your eyes peeled and observant.
Below is a collection of word art that has been spotted on Main Street.