Thursday, December 8, 2011
- I glory in our wonderful west and I hope to leave behind me some of the relics of its first primitive greatness. These things should be to us Canadians what the ancient Briton's relics are to the English. Only a few more years and they will be gone forever into silent nothingness and I would gather my collection together before they are forever past.
Emily Carr documented Canadian history through her paintings and writings
Location:South Granville, Vancouver
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
There are many different restaurants and art galleries along the main street. Below is the old jail cell now a Mexican restaurant
Location:Sunshine Coast, Powell River BC
Monday, August 8, 2011
Two hundred years ago, False Creek went through to Burrard Inlet and Lost Lagoon. The mural on the west wall of the old Capers store in Dundarave Village depicts a June morning in 1792 when the Discovery, the Chatham, the Sutil and the Mexicana anchored near the island that today is Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver.
The British Captain, George Vancouver, breakfasted with his Spanish counterparts, Dionisio Galiano and Cayetano Valdez. They were the first to explore Indian Arm which the Spanish named "Canal de Sasamat".
Friday, July 22, 2011
The inclusion of the western and eastern symbols are meant to strengthen cross-cultural bonds and recognize Vancouver International Airport as a multicultural meeting place.
Location:Vancouver Airport YVR
Dr AA Forbes first discovered copper on Britannia Mountain in 1888 leading to the creation of Britannia Mine in 1889. At one time it produced more copper than any mine in the British Commonwealth. having survived landslide, flood and fire the mine finally closed in 1974 when it became uneconomically viable. The main mine building was declared a national historic site in 1987. Tours are regularly conducted inside the mine giving tourists a feel of what it was like to work here in the 1800's This Sea to Sky wood sculpting studio is situated downtown Britannia. The magnificent wood carvings can be seen as you drive by on the Sea to Sky Highway
Location:Britannia Beach, BC
Saturday, July 2, 2011
There is a plaque erected to the side of the monument which reads:
During the summer of 2003 the Thompson-Nicola region endured it's most devastating wildfires ever. Unprecedented in numbers and massive in scope, the fires destroyed 89 homes and 7 business's, scorched 62,000 hectares of. Forest and range lands, left hundreds jobless and caused the evacuation of 13,000 people. Wildfire Memorial, created by artist Cameron Kerr of Vancouver BC is dedicated to the evacuees and to the thousands of firefighters, emergency workers and volunteers from far and near who worked tirelessly to assist them in every way possible.
Location:Kamloops, BC Canada
Monday, June 27, 2011
Oppenheim has been constructing large-scale sculptural works since the 1990's and is one of the most influential and respected artists working today. His work was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale in 2007. The initial installation of this piece in 2005 coincided with same sex marriage debates taking place in Canada. The work was subsequently acquired by the Vancouver Biennale Legacy Foundation in 2007 as a gift to the citizens of Vancouver. (Vancouver Bienalle 2009-2011)
Location:Sunset Beach, Vancouver,BC
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The installation is part sculpture, part bike rack and part solar powered lamppost. Up to 12 bikes can be parked in the tree's roots, while another three can be hung from its trunk.
The concept for the project came from Spring Gillard, who teamed up with Better Environmentally Sound Transportation and Science World to secure a grant for the project from the city's cultural services and public art program. B.C. Hydro Power Smart funded the solar lighting, while the park board provided the land.
Location:Science World, Vancouver BC
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The first ambulance at VGH
Other older buildings at VGH include the Doctors Residence and the Willow Chest Pavilion
Some of the more recent buildings on VGH site (Top) Main acute care buildings at Vancouver General today Jimmy Patterson Pavilion and Centennial Pavilion (Below) Diamond Outpatient Building and Spinal Cord Research Centre
A stunning sight designed by Bunting Coady Architects of Vancouver with aesthetic flourishes by artist Alan Storey, the stylish power plant at West 12th Avenue and Willow Street is the final element in an eight-year initiative to complete the Jim Pattison pavilion.
As I walked through the hallways of the now Vancouver General Hospital I enjoyed the many very large works of art placed throughout the buildings. I photographed just a few of my favorites that were on display.
Hill Fire by Jack Shadboldt These are three very striking paintings placed side by side in the main lobby of the Jimmy Patterson Pavilion
The Best Place by Tom Miller
I Desire by Peter VoormeiJ
The Diamond Family Courtyard displays a number of beautiful works of art
Family Mosaic by Wendy Hamlin
Strange Constellation by Peter Aspel
A plaque in the main corridor reads VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation is committed to the healing power of art and to creating a stimulating and attractive environment for the benefit of patients and their families, staff and visitors.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Location:Vancouver, BC Canada
Friday, June 3, 2011
Spectacular carving at the waterfront. Note the tiny mice in his beard
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A beautiful Japanese Garden Is a tranquil area where people stop and sit for a while.
This western interpretation of the traditional Oriental style garden containing maples, pines, and bamboo pruned in the traditional Bonsai style.
The garden covers 3 acres and offers eight separate theme gardens including the Rose Garden where there are nearly 300 plants.
Location:North Vancouver, BC
Friday, May 13, 2011
Mr. Juchum arrived in Vancouver from Romania in 1968 and died in 1977. During his brief career in Canada he produced more than 100 sculptures. "Fisher Hauling in the Net" was donated to VanDusen Botanical Garden in 1976. Two other sculptures by Juchum can be found in Vancouver - Lovers on the front lawn of City Hall and Untitled at Jericho Beach.
Location:Van Dusen Gardens
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Text from the plaque to be found at the foot of this statue situated at the southern end of English Bay Beach. "Ancient symbols of Inuit culture traditionally used as landmarks and navigation aids, this grey granite statue representing a human form with outstretched arms is a well-known symbol in Canada of northern hospitality and friendship. Constructed originally by Alvin Kanak of Rankin Inlet, this monument was commissioned by the Government of the Northwest Territories for its pavilion at Expo 86, and given to the City of Vancouver. Permanent location of the Inukshuk on this site was sponsored as a gift to the city in 1987 by Coast Hotels through the Vancouver Legacies Programs. Vancouver Board of parks and Recreation"
Location:English Bay Beach, Vancouver BC
A collection of bronze sculptures made in the image of the artists likeness
These images bring so much joy and pleasure to residents and tourists who visit English Bay.
Location:English Bay, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Located three hours away from Vancouver, the town of Merritt is a beautiful place, surrounded by ranch lands and rivers which host rodeos and other events and showcase local talent
Year round visitors can wander through the Downtown to see its attractions which include over sixty giant murals and the Merritt Walk of Fame with hand prints of some of Country Music's hottest stars.
Almost every building has a giant size mural
In the recently built Spirit Square you can see murals of George Jones and Tanya Tucker
Painted by youths, the Merritt Murals are a government funded program which have become one of the town's many spectacular Country Music attractions.
Visitors can walk the streets and see the murals depicting Country Music legends such as Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Elvis Presley, Tim McGraw, Wilf Carter and many more which have graced the stage in the centre of town at the annual Merritt Mountain Music Festival.
The historic streets of Downtown Merritt are graced with hand prints from famous country music acts which have been collected since 1993 such as the Dixie Chicks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and much more. Travis Tritt hand print.
Johnny Reid the most recent mural
Location:Merritt, BC Canada