This will be the first real summer with the completed North Plaza at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The test for any public space: How good is the people-watching?

What makes this plaza interesting — if not necessarily successful — is the sheer amount space available, encouraging not only walk-throughs (diagonally between Howe and Hornby) and the chance to throw things like frisbees, but also the opportunity for spontaneous performance.

There’s seating in chairs, benches and stairs. And without curbs or obstacles, cyclists can be playful too without annoying other users.  It’s how I took these pictures in motion.