Art Walking Tour

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Duration: 1 hour
Starting Point: Roundhouse Community Centre (Pacific Boulevard at Davie Street)

Enjoy this self-guided art walking tour along the Yaletown shoreline. It is 1.8 km long and gives you a background on the diverse public art located in Yaletown. Points of interest include a gear that was part of the second Cambie Bridge (or Connaught Bridge) which opened in 1911 and remained in service until 1984. Find the complete list of public art in Vancouver’s Public Art Registry.

Short description of the stops:

1. Watch Your Step  – 374 Davie Street (Pacific Boulevard and Davie Street)
Mosaics depicting colourful motifs were designed by groups of young people with the guidance of Artistic Director Leah Decter.

2. Perennials – 1088 Cambie Street
A semi-circle of shattered glass screens with etched leaves is visible from the street and lit at night.

3. Ring Gear – 1009 Expo Boulevard
The 8 meter high gear is installed as a monument to commemorate the designers and builders of the  many bridges across False Creek.

4. Coopers Mews – Coopers Mews and Marinaside Crescent
Harkening back to the cooperage that used to inhabit the area in the early twentieth century

5. Untitled Fountain – Boathouse Mews and Pacific Boulevard
A low black granite “lotus” radiating from a round centre ring sits in the middle of a long narrow pool.

6. Lookout – 1147 Marinaside Crescent
A sculptural installation consisting of two glass-roofed pavilions separated by approximately 120 metres.

7. Street Light – 1228 Marinaside Crescent (Davie Street and Marinaside Crescent)
Six 12-metre high bronze I-beam towers each hold up an image from the history of the area cut into a metal plate.

8. Terra Nova – 181 Roundhouse Mews (Pacific Boulevard and Drake Street)
Terra Nova has two main parts; The Theatre of Discovery & The Cone of Analysis

9. Brush With Illumination – Marinaside Crescent
An interactive sculpture that also functions as a data-gathering apparatus.

 

Places to Visit

1: Watch Your Step

Leah Decter, Coordinating artist
374 Davie Street (Pacific Boulevard and Davie Street)

leah decter mosaics

Mosaics depicting colourful motifs were designed by groups of young people with the guidance of Artistic Director Leah Decter. They were designed for four sites: Downtown South Park, Gathering Place Community Centre, the Roundhouse, and David Lam Park. The works were created by youth team members, street youth participants and other community members.

2: Perennials

Barbara Steinman, artist
1088 Cambie Street

barbara steinman leaf pool

A semi-circle of shattered glass screens with etched leaves is visible from the street and lit at night. In the courtyard is a 4,500 sq. ft. leaf-shaped pool; situated around it are black granite seats with a word – hybrid, seasonal, wild, uprooted, perennial, transplanted – carved into each like the title of a botanical drawing. The leaf pool is visible in it’s entirety from the suites above.

3: Ring Gear

1009 Expo Boulevard

cambie ring gear

The 8 meter high gear is installed as a monument to commemorate the designers and builders of the  many bridges across False Creek. The gear was part of the second Cambie Bridge (or Connaught Bridge) which opened in 1911 and remained in service until 1984. Installed on the centre pier, the gear supported the steel truss swing span.

4: Coopers Mews

Alan Storey, artist
Coopers Mews and Marinaside Crescent

alan storey coopers mews

Harkening back to the cooperage that used to inhabit the area in the early twentieth century, the art work starts with a galvanized steel track that runs overhead and wanders through the tall buildings between Pacific Boulevard and the False Creek seawall. Cement and wood planks are interspersed with grass to create a walkway underneath the overhead track. The planks are reminiscent of a winding keyboard. The overhead track ends at the False Creek side with a row of 5 wooden barrels. Below the barrels is a board walk of 12 segments. Stepping on each board distinctly will cause steam to be forced through the barrels and out one side, creating a sound like a calliope on which you can play a tune.

5: Untitled Fountain

Al McWilliams, Artist
Boathouse Mews and Pacific Boulevard

al mcwilliams fountain

A low black granite “lotus” radiating from a round centre ring sits in the middle of a long narrow pool. Water spills out over the stylized petals, falling from between the serrated points into the pool below. The full flower is visible from the apartments above. The lotus form honours the history of Chinese immigrants and their contribution to the railway and the industries around False Creek. Three black granite circles are inset into the white concrete around the pool. These rings echo the Ring Gear on Pacific Boulevard.

6: Lookout

Noel Best, Christos Dikeakos, Artists
1147 Marinaside Crescent

noel best lookout

A sculptural installation consisting of two glass-roofed pavilions separated by approximately 120 metres. The elliptical roof of each pavilion is supported by two walls made of stainless steel with cutout silhouettes of industrial and natural forms. A second component of Lookout is a perimeter railing with cantilevered glass panels. The panels are inscribed with sandblasted words, written especially for this site in consultation with poet Robin Blaser. Midway between the two pavilions, the cutout images are cast into the concrete walkway. As well, the artists have placed 13 simple bronze chairs throughout the site.

7: Street Light

Bernie Miller and Alan Tregebov, artists
1228 Marinaside Crescent (Davie Street and Marinaside Crescent)

bernie miller street light

Six 12-metre high bronze I-beam towers each hold up an image from the history of the area cut into a metal plate. The plates cast the shadow of the image onto the street. Texts etched in the limestone bases refer to the events relevant to the site. The positioning of the panels has been carefully calculated so that their optimum contrast and focus on the street is the month, date, and time that the event occurred. For example, if the sun is shining just before noon on June 17, the projected image of Vancouver’s “Great Fire” will be visible on the promenade below.

8: Terra Nova

Richard Prince, Artist
181 Roundhouse Mews (Pacific Boulevard and Drake Street)

richard prince terra nova

Terra Nova has two main parts: a) the Theatre of Discovery, a bronze curtain and hoop attached to the exterior wall of the Roundhouse b) the Cone of Analysis resting on the plaza walkway below the wall – a large bronze cone which appears to be cut into parts, the nose of the cone is on a cart.

9: Brush With Illumination

brush_with_illumination

Brush With Illumination is an interactive sculpture that also functions as a data-gathering apparatus, drawing ideograms and sounds generated from real time environmental conditions. The sculpture suggests a calligraphy brush, responding kinetically to real time tidal and weather conditions.