Pier D, 2016

Photo: of an art installation called Pier D, 2016
Vancouver City Centre

Pier D, 2016

By Deanne Achong

On July 27, 1938, a four alarm fire broke out on CPR’s Pier D. This artwork presents this significant historic moment in the life of the port, a vital feature of the city and central to the downtown commercial hub. The ‘portholes’ present a central image shot by the artist showing where the pier used to be, book-ended by two altered archival images of the 1938 fire.

Scan the QR code for dynamic content that functions like a serialized diary, with brief personal accounts and images from archival and fictional sources that provide a glimpse into the era.

Vancouver artist Deanne Achong works largely in new-media and draws from history, popular culture and literature. In 2015, she exhibited The Obsolescence Project at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and presented her app Lusca at Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) festival in Bergen, Norway.

pierd.ca | deanneachong.com

A public artwork commissioned as part of the series Coastal City for the 25th anniversary of the City of Vancouver Public Art Program. Thanks to InTransit BC.