On Georgia St an extensive mural of white magnolias was painted on a plywood hoarding next to a new building

August & September 2021: Public Art in Vancouver

An oddball selection of outside art pieces I’ve noticed in the last two months on my photo walks in Vancouver…

In a small Coal Harbour park someone added fresh flowers to this bronze statue of an old woman sitting on a bronze bench clutching her purse.  someone has added fresh flowers to this bronze statue of an old woman on a bench clutching her purseA little further on from the lady I spotted this fountain of bronze Maple leaves layered one over the other just like they do in the autumn. I like the fact that the bronze has turned green in some places and red under the water, perhaps algae?
Rippling water in a fountain of bronze Maple leaves layered one over the other like they do in the autumn. I like the fact that the bronze has turned green in some places and red under the water, perhaps algae?Another view of the same fountain, which ran underneath a planting of maple trees.
Rippling water in a fountain of bronze Maple leaves layered one over the other like they do in the autumnAcross Georgia St an extensive mural of white magnolias was painted on a plywood hoarding next to a new building. Each magnolia has been deconstructed into stripes of the various colours from that section, and the entire mural was gorgeous. Because it is on plywood I suspect that it isn’t permanent, although there was a similar mural underneath the water feature, unfortunately so reflective that I couldn’t capture it. Drew Young is the artist.
Extensive mural of white magnolias, deconstructed into stripes of the various colours in that section, on a plywood hoarding next to a new buildingIridescent flower lights above a small kiosk near Jack Poole Place.
Iridescent flower lights above a small kiosk‘Pedestrian Protest’, the name of a large photo installation on the offsite Vancouver Gallery exhibition on Georgia St.Pedestrian Protest, the name of a large photo installation on the offsite Vancouver Gallery exhibition on Georgia St.Manhole cover in downtown Vancouver with a circular Haida design of swimming salmon. Manhole cover in downtown Vancouver with a circular Haida fish designIn June 2020 pop-up patios appeared near cafés and restaurants all over the city. The city blocked off sections of streets, back-alleys and parking with concrete barriers to separate the patio from traffic, and artists were often commissioned to paint murals on walls and the concrete to make the patios more inviting. They are still pretty active in late 2021 – this one is in Yaletown.Pop-up 2020 patio in Yaletown with a mural that includes that concrete barriers that separate the patio from trafficTall pillars supporting the entrance way to a high-rise near downtown, each pillar with a tiled mural of people. Tall pillars supporting the entrance way to a highrise, each pillar with a tiled mural of peopleGiant feet of a laughing red man on Vancouver’s Seawall framing a small segment of False Creek with a small ferry passing by. Giant feet of a laughing red man on Vancouver's seawall framing a small segment of False Creek with a small ferry passing byLaying-out the vinyl for the 3D mural called ‘VOXEL Bridge’ underneath the Cambie St. Bridge. Part of the Vancouver Biennale it is designed to exist simultaneously in three worlds. Find the explanation here: https://www.vancouverbiennale.com/artworks/voxel-bridge/Laying-out the vinyl for VOXEL Bridge Silvery mountain mural on the storefront of the new Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) in Vancouver. Silvery mountain mural on the new Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) in VancouverOver to Main St which has benefited from the Vancouver Mural Festival with a cumulative mass of murals starting back in 2016.mural from the Vancouver mural festival designed to take advantage of the protruding square pattern on the cinderblock wallsquares9364wMural on a back alley wall just off Main St. of an octopus clasping a plastic water bottle with a ship inside. mural on a wall in Vancouver of an octopus clasping a plastic water bottle with a ship insideThe mask makes me suspect that this mural is one of the newer ones. mural on a wall in Vancouver with a COVID maskNot all of the murals are done by professional artists – I just love this mural of a shark on the shingled wall of a nearby garage. mural of a shark on the shingled wall of a garageA ‘petal gate’ of a yellow flower frames the entrance of a community garden on the Vancouver’s Eastside.
A 'petal gate' of a yellow flower frames the entrance of a community garden in Vancouver, BCSculpture of a multiple chairs placed in a variety of configurations, each one with different sayings cut into them. The raindrops are from a wet day at Kitsilano Beach.
sculpture of a multiple chairs placed in a variety of configurations, each one with different sayings cut into them. The raindrops are from a wet day at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, CanadaMural in a Bee Garden in a spare lot in the industrial area between Granville and Burrard.mural in a Bee Garden in a spare lot in Vancouver, CanadaThe Capture Photo Festival has a show of large photos on billboards that run along the Arbutus Greenway near Fir St. The billboards are changed fairly frequently, and have occasionally had mixed reactions to some of the photo subjects. art show by the Capture Photo Festival is on billboards Billboard art along the Arbutus Corridor in VancouverLit-up LED sign in front of a hedge in Point Grey road that tells a story if you’re patient enough to wait for it. Lit-up LED sign along a Point Grey road that tells a story if you're patient enough to wait for itI have to go back and wait for the rest of the story.Lit-up LED sign along a Point Grey road that tells a story if you're patient enough to wait for itAn art show affixed to a chain-link fence around a tennis court at a public park on 4th Ave.The chain-link fence of a tennis court art show at a public park on 4th Ave, Vancouver, CanadaMore of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Street Art.

14 thoughts on “August & September 2021: Public Art in Vancouver

    1. There was so much public artwork out there I had to limit myself to just the last two months and just in Vancouver proper – it was also a good excuse to go through all my newer images. I was actually surprised at the diversity of work and methods of display – COVID has really been challenging in terms of displaying artworks…

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