The Lightshed

If you visit this tiny house on stilts, you’ll hear kids and adults talking about climbing inside and claiming this hobbit house on the sea as their own.

Lightshed was created by Vancouver artist and Emily Carr professor Liz Magor and installed in 2004. Magor won the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2014 for her outstanding contribution to Canadian visual arts. This crooked structure is a model of the freight sheds that were common along the waterfront when it was an industry hub.

Magor is known for inspiring the double-take: ‘Wait. What am I looking at?’ Lightshed looks like it is build from cedar planks, but it is actually created from cast aluminum. On it you will see carefully crafted details, including seaweed, barnacles and mussels. At night, the shed lights up as if to help guide boats into Coal Harbour.


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Elizabeth Newton

Elizabeth Newton