The City of Vancouver Public Art Program supports excellence in public art of many kinds, by emerging and established artists, in new and traditional media, and through award-winning commissions and artist collaborations. The program produces contemporary art for public spaces through two streams: Civic projects funded through capital budgets and Private sector projects, funded through the rezoning process.
Artificial Rock #143
This reflective stainless steel rock literally and metaphorically represents the past and future, tradition and transition of a nation and people into Modernity.
Wang’s work embodies an expansive world view – it touches on economics, sociology, urban planning and architecture as well as traditional Chinese aesthetics. Zhan Wang began making these shiny artificial jiashanshi stones during the recent building boom in Beijing, when numerous skyscrapers of glass and steel appeared on the cityscape. During his school years, Zhan Wang studied traditional Chinese culture, and spent time considering the relationship between the individual and his environment.
LOCATION: Vancouver City Centre Station,
Georgia & Granville plaza
Yaletown-Roundhouse: Via Lactea
Via Lactea (above Glacier Lake), 2012
Typically Massey’s work accentuates and amplifies natural phenomena, often heightened through artificial means or via slight manipulations, exploring notions of time and space, and the mutable connections between them.
In Via Lactea (above Glacier Lake) Massey deftly combines 171 narrow-field photographs of the night sky on the same strip of film, achieved by making minor adjustments to camera angle over a lengthy period of time. Even though the image is artificially constructed, the luminous pattern of the starry night-time sky retains its convincingly poetic expanse while throwing into question the veracity of the photographic image. Its blueness is much closer to that of a daytime sky and as such connects to the location whereby it greets passengers as they arrive or depart at the station. By linking notions of celestial navigation – wayfaring – to more contemporary means of travel, Via Lactea throws into flux a consideration of temporality and site.
Scott Massey lives and works in Vancouver. He studied photography at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. His work is in private and public collections including Visual Art Collection, Office of Foreign Affairs (Canada), the Rennie Collection, Vancouver and the Surrey Art Gallery.
Presented by the Contemporary Art Gallery in partnership with Canada Line Public Art Program – InTransit BC.
Garden Of Wind-blown Seeds
Ruth Jones is an artist who works both in the medium of paint and of fine hand woven tapestry. In addition to developing her unique line of work, she creates site-specific imagery on commission for private, public and corporate clients. Her client list includes the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver and the Governor-General’s residence in Ottawa.
The image at Vancouver City Centre Station depicts a tapestry that was woven blind (from the back), while the weaver referred to the reverse working drawing on the left. When the work was finished, the drawing was peeled back to reveal the tapestry for the first time. The composition here depicts this moment of discovery.
LOCATION: Vancouver City Centre Station
Marie Khouri lived in Lebanon and Paris before recently settling in Vancouver. Throughout her extensive travels she has absorbed the unique aspects of the various cultures of the Middle East, Europe and North America. Marie has been sculpting for many years but only started releasing her work commercially in 2002 after attending l’Ecole du Louvre and les Ateliers du louver in Paris. Khouri sculpts primarily in clay and hand builds in lost wax, then casts the sculptures in bronze and concrete.
“My vessels speak to the continuum of craft and the role of the female in society, they take a timeless form to another level, informing our conventional perception of an everyday object. View this if you will as a new frontier in an ancient land. Moreover, they incorporate my art, which is the expression of my soul and my story.”
LOCATION: Olympic Village Station,
east end of outdoor plaza