Dianna noticed these banners on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, between Clark and Renfrew in what is now termed, by the Hastings North Business Improvement Association (BIA), the East Village.
One of the banners features a hipster crow leaning on a bicycle:
Probably the oddest part is the crow reading a book. What’s the backstory here? What’s the connection to Hastings Sunrise?
And…and who did it?
Trust New York City to lead the way. In this post from Curbed.com the David Bowie retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum has used its starpower to transform the Broadway-Lafayette subway station in an ode to Bowiedom.
There are also five different transit MetroCards that have been Bowie branded, and those have been released in a limited edition of 250,000 not consecutively but randomly. The Broadway-Lafayette subway station’s walls are full of photos of Bowie’s remarkable performances, images and life. And here’s the coolest part, this subway station was the one closest to Bowie’s New York City home. You have until May to see this unique collaboration of images that have been curated with the co-sponsorship of Spotify. Spotify is also introducing the “David Bowie Stories” series, looking at the musical icon’s life, tales and essays in concert with photos and videos from the David Bowie Archive. This subway artshow/branding has been an effective blend of pop culture history and art. Here is an opportunity for other transit systems pick up the idea of crossmarketing cultural events and exhibitions, making art in transit more accessible to all.
Below is a six-minute YouTube video of a transit walk through the Bowiefied Subway Station.
In front of the main window of North Van’s new Polygon Gallery.
Or maybe that is the art.
This excellent YouTube video provides a perfect way to occupy a dry day in Vancouver~printing t-shirts on manhole covers. The “Raubdrukerin” group (that roughly translates to “Pirate Printer”) does this in Europe, going to cities and searching out surfaces to ink and create bags and t-shirts right in the street.
What are the picks for the best surfaces to print in Vancouver? There’s the manhole cover “Memory” by First Nations artists Susan Point and Kelly Cannell for starters. This design was the winner in a 2004 City of Vancouver design competition for storm sewer and manhole covers. The design depicts the life of a frog from egg to tadpole to frog, and is a very apt reference for sustainability and the importance of water.
The YouTube video shows the technique for printmaking from city infrastructure.
It was a perfect item for visual media: the King Tide in Vancouver last week that resulted in shortline flooding around the region.
Perhaps most dramatic was the flooding along the North False Creek shoreline at David Lam Park. (Global, above, featured some footage of exactly that area, with the small pavilion, shown above, immersed in water.)
What the coverage didn’t say was that this immersion was by design. The landscape architect of the park, Don Vaughan, intended for the highest tides to come above the walkway so that the seawall would normally be closer to the waterline than would be the case if it was raised to remain dry in the extreme case of a king tide.
Don named the pavilion “Marking High Tide” – and tells the story here. Notably, there is a large stone in the centre which allows the viewer to see the tide change from hour to hour. It’s placed so that, at the highest water mark, it will just be completely covered. (Presumably, the stone will have to be raised to acknowledge sea-level rise over time.)
It allows us urban dwellers who live in a designed environment where nature is pretty much controlled or mitigated in every respect to be aware of the natural cycles that still prevail. Don write a small poem to that effect which is inscribed in the curved beam at the top:
“As the moon circles the earth the ocean responds with the rhythm of the tides.”
New, to me at least, in Stanley Park. The piece is unsigned, but looks like THIS prolific artist.