This time of year, you will see Vancouverites and visitors out with their cameras and easels, circling blocks that are lined from one end to the other with cherry blossom trees. Our cherry blossom tradition began with generous gifts from Japan. In the 1930’s, the mayors of Yokohama and Kobe gave
In 2010, Vladimir Lenin landed in Richmond. Well, his 8,800 pound head did and, as the title noted, Miss Mao was trying to poise herself atop it. The piece quickly became a source of loud debate. It was wonderful, it was disrespectful, it was curious, it was inflammatory. This politically provocative stainless steel sculpture was
It was in 1971 that this bronze and steel fountain started flowing outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The nestled orbs were designed by prolific sculptor Gerhard Hans Class and a gift from the German-Canadian Centennial Committee of BC to the city of Vancouver.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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,
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