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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

$330,000 public art on Cambie Street ‘perplexing’

A new condo development on Cambie Street near Queen Elizabeth Park is reinforcing the old adage, “art is subjective.”

Quirky public art in Vancouver is nothing new — remember the Main Street Poodle, or the (still going strong) A-Maze-ing Laughter at English Bay?

Main Street poodle
Main Street poodle. Credit: City of Vancouver

Now, several new public art pieces outside of a recently completed condo development on Cambie Street are attracting attention.

The art runs the gamut from Converse shoes, to hats, to what looks like a proud grocer’s orange display, and it’s all available for viewing (and critiques) from passersby at the 35 Park West development near Queen Elizabeth Park.

The development’s pubic art budget was $331,850.

Source: Twitter

Unfortunately, there are no information plaques or signage yet, so channel your inner art critic, and let’s take a look.

Put your best foot forward

Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
Remember your Converse high tops?
Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
No word on sizing.
Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
Unfortunately the artist is still learning how to tie their shoes.

Orange you glad you came?

Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
The Citrus Pyramid of Cambie Street.
Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
The artist may have been a produce department manager in a previous life.

Hats off to you.

Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
Mind if I hang this here so you can see it every time you walk through your front door?
Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
I should have given you a heads up first.
Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
How long do you think it will be before the strata decides to remove these?
Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
Hats off to the artist.

Bonus round: What on earth is this?

Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
A pen for children and/or pets? A home for ants?
Cambie Street Public Art Vancouver
If you know what this is, please reach out.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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