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

29 Jan 2015

The Green Copper Roof

The green copper roof is one of the most recognizable landmarks in our city and it’s at the Hotel Vancouver, no less. Now owned by Fairmont, this hotel was the third to be given the name ‘Vancouver.’  The grand opening was scheduled on May 24th, 1939 to coincide with the Royal Visit of Queen

22 Jan 2015

The Flying Pig

As a child, I cannot say I relished the long trip down to Save-On-Meats. The adults were delighted to be saving on meats. I, on the other hand, derived little pleasure in debating the merits of this chop versus that chop, these legs over those legs. What I did appreciate