Giant Floating Ring (and New Plaza) Coming to Vancouver’s Davie Street

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Vancouver’s Davie Village in the West End is about to get a little more vibrant.

A new plaza, complete with patio-style seating and a space-age floating sculpture, is set to grace the neighbourhood, considered the heart of the city’s LGBTQ community.

City planners have released detailed drawings for the new plaza, to be located not far from Davie Street’s distinctive rainbow-coloured crosswalks. Plans call for a one-block section of Bute Street just south of Davie to be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian-friendly plaza.

Meanwhile, a special floating sculpture is to be installed at the intersection of Davie and Bute Streets. After initially considering a giant disco ball, planners ultimately opted to go with a space-age, shimmering metallic ring inscribed with the name Davie Village, which will be suspended by wires above the intersection. 

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

The plaza itself is to be named after Davie Street legend Jim Deva, a long-time leader of Vancouver’s LGBTQ community and founder of Davie-Street fixture Little Sister’s Bookstore. Deva passed away in the fall and community leaders have been searching for ways to honour his legacy.

The plaza itself occupies a tree-lined space bordered by shops and restaurants. Once completed, for an estimated cost of $1- to $2-million, it will feature moveable seating, a large rainbow mosaic and overhead strand lighting, with a special “speaker’s corner” kiosk, for groups to espouse their favourite causes, according to an article in Metro. Existing patios will also be expanded.

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

Image sourced from Vancouver.ca

The plaza is expected become a natural gathering place for pedestrians, street performers and Davie Street regulars – a calm, intimate space to soak up the charm of the West End, minus the traffic and bustle along Davie Street itself.

Initial public surveys have shown that more than 70 percent of residents “like” or “really like” the plan – a good sign as the project moves toward approval. The plan is to be presented to city council at the end of July and, if approved, construction could begin later this year.

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