“Pop Rocks” To Cover 800 Block of Robson with Giant Bean Bag Chairs, Aug. 15 – Sept. 3

Bean bag for “Pop Rocks” installation by Matthew Soules Architecture. Photo credit: MSA Projects

Hey dreamers. This one is for you.

What happens when you’ve got 2,000 ft.² recycled fabric from the iconic Canada Place sails + 4,000 ft.³ recycled polystyrene? Nothing unless VIVA Vanvouver, local architect Matthew Soules and AFJD Design Studio team up to create an unforgettable installation. The masterpiece is “Pop Rocks” – a public installation of giant bean bag chairs that will cover the 800 block of Robston Street, August 15, to September 3.

The team worked with a local sail maker who sewed Canada Place’s old tensile fabric roof into gargantuan bags. A Metro Vancouver recycler repurposed blocks of polystyrene into bean bag chair beads. The result is a range of pillows of varying sizes and shapes which will be strewn across an entire city block.

The public is invited to drop by this outdoor rec room and lounge to their heart’s content. If you’re the type of kid who refused to leave Ikea’s ball pit, or ricocheted around the moon bounce until it heaved its last breath, make “Pop Rocks” your end of summer hang out.

“Pop Rocks” is one of the coolest VIVA Vancouver projects to date. VIVA Vancouver, by the City of Vancouver, creatively transforms Vancouver streets into vibrant public spaces. The city closes roads to car traffic and converts them into public spaces for walking, lounging, and lunching. The goal is to get Vancouverites out enjoying the fresh air.

PICNURBIA 2011. Photo credit: VIVA Vancouver

Other standout VIVA Vancouver projects include pop-up park PICNURBIA in 2011 – an outdoor picnic space on Robson with beach brollies and picnic tables – and Livable Laneways market series on Main Street.

Drop by “Pop Rocks” at the 800 block of Robson from August 15 to September 3. 

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