Public Art in the Great Outdoors – Downtown Vancouver’s Best Walking Tours

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Photo: R. Weiss

Lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street – Liam Gillick

Passionate about art? Love being outside?

Grab your umbrella and lace up your walking shoes! With Vancouver’s self-guided Public Art Walking Tours you can have the best of both worlds.  Great art isn’t just in our museums and galleries and fall is the perfect time to get outside and discover public art throughout the City. As the leaves change the splashes of red, orange and yellow create a natural backdrop to the many public art installations located in the downtown core.

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Public Art in the Great Outdoors – Downtown Vancouver’s Best Walking Tours

Public Art: $450,000 “Nosebleed Seats” Proposed for Vancouver’s Empire Fields

A Park Board rendering of the proposed public art

A Park Board rendering of the proposed public art

A new piece of public art planned for Vancouver’s Empire Fields may give the term “nosebleed seats” a whole new meaning.

The unique sculpture consists of two slivers of stadium-style seating, rising to a dizzying height of 14 metres (nearly 4 storeys). One section of the bleachers is labeled “home” and the other section “away.” The tiny, precarious-looking slice of upper-deck seating – in what’s otherwise an ordinary city park with a few soccer fields – makes for a bold contrast: an eye-popping piece of interactive art that’s impossible to miss.

The sculpture, which has a $450,000 price tag and would be funded by the city, is being considered by the Vancouver Park Board on Sept. 28. It was initially proposed back in May, but a decision was deferred to allow time for public consultation.   Continue reading:
Public Art: $450,000 “Nosebleed Seats” Proposed for Vancouver’s Empire Fields

Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale's Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale’s Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Olympic Village in Vancouver has some colourful new residents.

A brand new seven-metre-tall outdoor sculpture has been installed on the edge of Olympic Village at Hinge Park.  Called Human Structures, the sculpture consists of 64 brightly coloured metal cutouts in the shape of human figures, stacked one on top of the other.

Created by acclaimed U.S. artist Jonathan Borofsky, Human Structures is part of the 2014 Vancouver Biennale, the every-other-year exhibition that brings dozens of works of monumental art to the streets, parks and beaches of Vancouver.  This edition of the Biennale will see some 20 sculptures installed in Vancouver, with an additional 10 works going up in New Westminster, North Vancouver and Squamish.

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Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

Public Invited to Attend Launch of Aerial Sculpture, Mar. 15

A rendering of Janet Echelman’s soon-to-be sculpture

A rendering of Janet Echelman’s soon-to-be sculpture

Join the crowd at the Vancouver Convention Centre grounds on Saturday March 15 to see the launch of Janet Echelman’s incredible aerial sculpture!

Suspended 745 feet across Vancouver’s waterfront, the sculpture will appear to float between a 24-story skyscraper and the Vancouver Convention Center, site of the TED2014 Conference. As the sun sets, Echelman will share details about the sculpture and the Autodesk technology that assisted her in its design, and Aaron Koblin, Google’s Creative Director, will demonstrate how the general public can use the browser on their mobile device to choreograph the lighting onto the sculpture.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre grounds

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Public Invited to Attend Launch of Aerial Sculpture, Mar. 15

Seeking out the art of Haida Gwaii in Vancouver

Bill Reid: The Raven and the First Men, 1990 22k gold Photo credit:  Kenji Nagai

Bill Reid: The Raven and the First Men, 1990 22k gold Photo credit: Kenji Nagai

Have you ever fell so head over gumboots for a place that you want to keep returning? I feel that way about Vancouver, but recently I’ve also fallen for another rainy, tree and beach-fringed destination: Haida Gwaii.

Haida Gwaii is a brilliant, evergreen archipelago located in Northern British Columbia over 170 kilometres west of Prince Rupert. For the last two summers I’ve made the journey to Haida Gwaii to explore endless beaches, feast on seafood and poke around numerous art galleries and studios.

This summer there will be no such journey across Hecate Strait, however I have developed some coping mechanisms. To help navigate the waves of Haida Gwaii nostalgia, I’ve turned to scoping out the art of Haida Gwaii in Vancouver. Below you’ll find a list of spots I frequent when I’m missing the misty isles.
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Seeking out the art of Haida Gwaii in Vancouver