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‘Viewpoint’ by Ben Reeves lights up The Smithe tower

A massive, illuminated public art installation by Vancouver-based artist and Emily Carr University Professor Ben Reeves is lighting up the corner of Smithe and Cambie street.

The 25 ft. by 80 ft. art piece is called ‘Viewpoint’ and stretches across the podium soffit of The Smithe, a recently completed, mixed-use tower by Boffo Developments.

Photos: ‘Viewpoint’ at The Smithe by Ben Reeves

Viewpoint illuminated
Viewpoint, illuminated at night, at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Rachel Topham Photography
Public art in downtown Vancouver
Viewpoint as seen from the intersection of Smithe and Cambie in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Rachel Topham Photography
Viewpoint illuminated
Closeup of ‘Viewpoint’ at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Rachel Topham Photography
Public art by Ben Reeves in downtown Vancouver
Viewpoint as seen from the amenity area at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Rachel Topham Photography
Public art by Ben Reeves in downtown Vancouver
Viewpoint by Ben Reeves at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Rachel Topham Photography
Public art by Ben Reeves in downtown Vancouver
Viewpoint at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Rachel Topham Photography
Public art as seen from patio
Viewpoint as seen from the amenity area at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Raef Grohne
Public art by Ben Reeves in downtown Vancouver
Viewpoint illuminated in the evening at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Raef Grohne
Public art as seen from patio
Viewpoint by Ben Reeves at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Raef Grohne
Public art by Ben Reeves in downtown Vancouver
Viewpoint by Ben Reeves at The Smithe in downtown Vancouver. Credit: Raef Grohne

The art is based on a 6 ft. oil painting on canvas by Reeves, which was photographed and digitally reproduced onto nine stretched fabric panels by Barrisol BC, manufacturers of stretch ceiling systems.

The collaboration stretched over two years, with the result being ‘Viewpoint’, a public art installation not just for residents but visible for all passerby, whether that’s by vehicle, foot or bicycle.

Ben Reeves is a Vancouver-based artist known for his use of paint in compositions that explore the relationship between abstraction and depiction. His work has been exhibited in venues across Canada, as well as in the U.S., England and China.

Video of ‘Viewpoint’ creative process.

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