05 Mar 2015

The Drop

Does it rain in Vancouver? Who wants to know? Not if the past few days have been any indication. For those days when we forget our liberal skies, the Vancouver Convention Centre offers a steely reminder. The Drop is the blue steel creation of Inges Idee, a collaboration of four German artists: Hans

05 Mar 2015

The Dunbar Simpsons Mural

Dunbar and 41st is not where one would expect to find elaborate graffiti murals. Yet, there in the IGA parking lot is a colourful swirl of characters that includes Homer Simpson’s extended family and Moe the barkeep. Most improbably, these citizens of Springfield find themselves neighbour to Mother Theresa.  

26 Feb 2015

Sinclair Clock Tower

For some, the Sinclair Centre may trigger chilling passport office flashbacks. Please do not let me look down and miss my number. The building is, however, one of our few historic landmarks, with its earliest section – the Edwardian Baroque Post Office – having been designed by architect David Ewart and built

26 Feb 2015

Second-Hand Stills

Never mind the streak-free mirror balls and the carefully-draped overcoats. Some of the most interesting store displays are well away from the windows, tucked into the back-corners of second-hand shops. Here’s one of many on Main Street.

26 Feb 2015

Land Of Giant Letters

On the Streets of Sesame, giant letters pop up in the most unusual of places.  Upper case D and lower case d are headed out for a song-filled canoe ride. A 1970’s R is hoisted awkwardly up onto the top of a New York hotel. Big K and Little k are spinning

19 Feb 2015

Beatty Street Mural

It has been a controversial site. The original block-long mural, in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre area, was painted over blue, prior to the 2010 Olympics. Many, including Vancouver artist Vincent Dumoulin, were less than pleased with the erasure. The public reacted and a new team of artists – headed by

19 Feb 2015

VAG Office Supplies

You see it as you walk from the Eaton’s/Sears/Nordstrom building towards the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is arms and legs outstretched – to music? In struggle? – and it is entitled Dancers. This mixed media mural on the exterior walls of the VAG is the work of Office Supplies Incorporated,

12 Feb 2015

Stadium Portraits

If you’re heading to Nat Bailey stadium for a baseball game or to Riley Park for assorted sports, you’ll see the paintings of  famous baseball players looming over you: Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Smokey Joe Williams . These are the work of Jennifer Ettinger, a sports artist. Ettinger

12 Feb 2015

Culinary Love Affair

If you’re wandering around Gastown, you might notice a particularly striking mural spinning out the tale of a love affair between a baker and a chef. It was finished in 2012 and, fittingly, adorns the exterior walls of The Baker & The Chef sandwich cafe. This 320 Cambie Street painting is the work

05 Feb 2015

1000 Parker

If you landed in the parking lot, you might be intrigued. You might notice some unexpected things – the colourful tenant signs, the naked man tied to a horse. But, you would need to set foot in the door and walk in for a distance to realize that you were in a hive of