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Step With Me at interactive Pride installation at Bentall Centre

Just in time for Pride Week in Vancouver, Tangible has debuted its interactive, musical art installation outside the Bentall Centre.

Entitled Step With Me, the public art piece plays musical tones out of four colourful “speakers” when the “keys” on the staircase are stepped on.

The public art piece is co-sponsored by Bentall Centre and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, in celebration of the LGBTQIA2S+ community in Vancouver.

Photos: Pride art installation in Downtown Vancouver

Step With Me Pride public art installation
Step With Me is an interactive musical art installation created by Tangible for the Vancouver Pride Art Walk 2021. Credit: Gabriel Martins/Tangible
Step With Me Pride public art installation
The public art is co-sponsored by Bentall Centre and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) to promote, celebrate and advocate for the LGBTQIA2S+ community in Vancouver. Credit: Gabriel Martins/Tangible
Step With Me Pride public art installation
The installation is located at the Burrard Benches at Bentall Centre (555 Burrard Street). Credit: Gabriel Martins/Tangible
Placemaking Project Downtown Vancouver
Step With Me is an interactive musical art installation created by Tangible for the Vancouver Pride Art Walk 2021. Credit: Gabriel Martins/Tangible

The public art installation is located at the Burrard Benches at Bentall Centre, 555 Burrard Street, just north of Dunsmuir.

Music, dance, and play have brought us together since the beginning of time. While we can talk, promote and elevate acceptance and inclusion, there are not that many places where we can exercise it. There is nothing like gathering in a setting where we can lose ourselves in the moment, where we can make music, dance, and be silly. At the end of the day, it does not matter who we are or what our preferences are. When it is time to have fun and express ourselves, we are celebrating our diverse humanity. Step With Me is our invitation to have fun, be foolish, and celebrate. This is our way of challenging you to be in the moment, no matter how we present ourselves, to accept ourselves and others, and to be proud of who we are.

Artist statement

Step With Me credits

  • Concept/design: Tangible
  • Sound design: Eli Muro
  • Fabrication: Great Northern Way Scene Shop
  • Floor signage: Multigraphics

This is the second public art installation by Tangible at Bentall Centre. The Vancouver-based art and design studio recently unveiled a collection of nine-foot tall LED parasols on the Dunsmuir Street plaza, a public art installation commissioned by Bentall Centre owners Hudson Pacific Properties and Blackstone.

A man's face is lit by the LED lighting
Parasol public art installation at the Bentall Centre in Downtown Vancouver. Credit: Tangible/Mike Seehagel
Art installation in the day
Parasol public art installation at the Bentall Centre in Downtown Vancouver. Credit: Tangible/Mike Seehagel

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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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