Vancouver’s Granville Island, an urban oasis for tourists and residents alike, presents two uses for the same space.

The contrast is hard to overstate.

One such use is Art Smash 2018, where hundreds of people celebrate lovely new murals and have a fun time.

The other use is a cold, sterile parking lot — providing a lot of space for a few tens of people to store their vehicles.

This reversion to a hostile space for people creates an unpleasant reaction to the simple fact of being there; a glower from behind the steering wheel, the behind-the-scalp rumble of a steadily approaching vehicle.

It’s not a place for people to check out and appreciate the murals. It’s not a place for you or me.

As usual, click any photo to get a large-size slide show of them all.