A spectacular piece of public art is making the move across the pond from London, U.K. to downtown Vancouver. The Serpentine Pavilion was commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries in London, as part of an annual event on the gallery’s lawn at Kensington Garden. The pavilion was designed by Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG, and purchased by Vancouver-based […]
Vancouver parks, public art and spaces
News on parks and public spaces across Metro Vancouver. The City of Vancouver is making increased investments into new parks and enhanced public spaces, including the recently revamped Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza and an upcoming park at Smithe and Richards streets.
New park space is also planned for the upcoming Northeast False Creek neighbourhood, something nearby residents have been waiting decades for, signified by the green balcony lights seen on towers surrounding the Concord Pacific presentation centre.
UPDATE: BC Hydro will not go ahead with two planned underground substations in downtown Vancouver after the city said the process had been too rushed. BC Hydro is proposing the construction of two new electrical substations in downtown Vancouver over the next 35 years, but their locations may surprise you. The electric utility says demand in […]
Construction should begin next year on a new plaza on Robson Street between the Art Gallery and the Law Courts. The City of Vancouver has released the preliminary design concept for the new plaza, which will be constructed on Robson Street between Howe Street and Hornby Street. The section of road has been closed since […]
The inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival is transforming buildings in and around Main Street in Mount Pleasant this summer, bringing a splash of colour to the city. The official mural festival day took place Saturday, August 20, but the more than 35 new murals are permanent, so you can check them out at your own speed […]
The City of Vancouver is proposing a major rehabilitation of Blood Alley in Gastown, with construction beginning in 2018. The existing brick paving and granite blocks were introduced to Blood Alley — also known as Trounce Alley — in the 1970s, as part of the city’s Gastown beautification project. Over 40 years later, many of the […]
The City of Vancouver’s work on the new Jim Deva Plaza at Davie and Bute in the West End is nearly complete. Part of Bute Street, south of Davie has been turned into a pedestrian plaza with new patio space in front of the existing businesses. The former cul-de-sac on Bute has been re-opened at […]
It’s been years in the making, but it looks like the revamping of the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery is going forward.
The plaza has seen better days, currently home to an old fountain with broken tiles and bark mulch spread over the unpaved areas. It isn’t exactly the most inviting space, although it will play host to the annual 4/20 celebration in less than two weeks.