Located on Skwxwú7mesh territory in the heart of the city, the digital signs, facing north and south, flashed a static advertisement every ten seconds. Their scale, and their proximity to the bridge made for an assertive relationship to the pedestrians, cyclists and motorists entering and departing downtown, and this occupation of visual space has been the subject of considerable controversy.
For Digital Natives, the billboard became a space for exchange between native and non-native communities in an exploration of language in public space.
Grow was a public art project situated on the periphery of the Olympic Village in South East False Creek, Vancouver. As part of the Grow project, The Bulkhead Urban Agriculture Lab was an intervention into the last remaining section of undeveloped seawall on the south side of False Creek. Responding to the industrial remnants in this vacant lot, the project posed different solutions for growing food in a post-industrial landscape while creating an informal social space for the sharing of knowledge and ideas.
Other Sights is pleased to announce the launch of Nothing Happens in Good Weather, a short-term public art project that activates a narrow empty lot on a busy section of South Fraser Street. With wide stripes and strident colour, what was once a gap in the streetscape has been transformed into an aesthetic and social space. Inspiring the community’s imagination, the space encourages impromptu events, performances, or a place to meet with friends.
As South East False Creek began its new life as Canada’s largest ‘green’ housing development, the Berlin-based artist team of Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser used materials recycled from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Athletes’ Village to create a situation of exchange and cooperation. On lands slated for future development, the artists created a 6 x 7 x 14m artwork that invited the participation of new neighbours to liberate the discarded, share excess, and contribute to the building of new forms and meanings.