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Monday, February 28, 2011

The Young Christopher Columbus

I came across this beautiful statue quite by accident. I was driving down Renfrew Street the road beside Exhibition Park in Vancouver when I noticed a number of statues. I stopped and discovered for the first time for me the Impressive Italian Gardens and right beside them this monument of the young Christopher Columbus. On further investigation I learned that the statue had once stood on Clark Drive at the Italian Plaza in Vancouver as a tribute to Angelo Branca. It had been stolen, was missing for many years and later reappeared in Exhibition Park at the Italian Gardens. No one seems to know what happened from the time of being stolen to the time of it's reappearance.

Statue dedicated to Angelo Branca Angelo Branca was considered one of Vancouver's most influential Italian-Canadians of his time. He was the youngest prosecutor of his day, a park commissioner and an amateur boxer who won the middleweight championship of B.C. in the 1930s. From 1963 to 1966 he sat as a Supreme Court Justice, before being elevated to the B.C. Court of Appeal, a position he held between 1966 and 1978 when he retired at 75. Branca died in October of 1984 at age 81. (Laara Egan) Eve Rockett, wrote an article about Branca which appeared in the Vancouver Sun in 1973. Blanca defended 62 accused murderers during his career and lost only two cases: four charges were reduced to manslaughter and the rest of the accused were freed. "Branca was indeed a performer, but underneath was a dagger-sharp mind with a magnetic affinity for law; a mind kept finely honed by one of the largest privately owned law libraries in Canada," Rockett wrote, noting many of his clients were on legal aid.

Location:Exhibition Park, Vancouver, BC

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I had the privilege of touring the newest building of the convention centre this week and was struck by the beautiful works of art in the hallway. Made from the branches of pine beetle-infected forests from BC’s Interior, Floats are impressive in both their size and construction. Finnish sculptor, Pernu, works with natural materials to highlight the relationship between humans and nature, emphasizing the need to manage our natural resources in an ethical way.

Location:Vancouver Convention Centre

Police Vehicle Art

This beautifully marked police vehicle was spotted in New Westminster BC. I was really interested to find out what a bait car was, so checked bait and found the the information below..very interesting.

A bait car is a vehicle owned by the police and is intended to be stolen. After a bait car is stolen, the location, speed, and direction of travel of the vehicle is monitored by police dispatchers at E-Comm through GPS tracking. Everything that takes place inside the bait car is caught on audio and video. The dispatcher will coordinate a police response and once officers are in position behind the bait car, the engine will be disabled at the click of a mouse button which allows for the quick arrest of the car thieves. (

Location:New Westminster, BC Canada

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Police Car Art

There are many different designs of police cars in British Columbia. These photographs show the beautiful artwork displayed on some of the cars used to patrol BC streets. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service. The RCMP is unique in the world since it is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. They provide a total federal policing service to all Canadians and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces (except Ontario and Quebec), more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities and three international airports. (RCMP Website) North Vancouver RCMP Car

- Integrated First Nations Unit Car, North and West Vancouver

The District of West Vancouver is a member municipality of Metro Vancouver District of West Vancouver Police Car

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is the police force for the City of Vancouver. It is the second largest police force in the province after RCMP "E" Division. City of Vancouver Police Car

City of New Westminster BC is the oldest city in Western Canada City of New Westminster Police Car

Location:Metro Vancouver, BC Canada

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vancouver Biennale Art, WE, 2008

This feature installation is one of the compositions in the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale, WE, 2008 by Jaume Plensa. The 16 foot larger-than life figure is made up of characters from eight alphabets, Latin, Greek, Russian Cyrillic, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic and Chinese. The painted stainless steel sculpture, draws us away from the daily distractions of a constantly bustling city and helps us appreciate our linguistic differences.

Location:Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver BC

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Search Engine/ Train Art

This remarkable work of art by Bruce Voyce can be found at the Holdom Sky Train Station in Vancouver. Traces of shrubs in various areas of the train make me wonder if it is in fact a beautiful garden display in the summer. The plaque below reads: This artwork is inspired by a local legend dating back to the early 1900's. A conductor returned to his unattended locomotive only to find that it had disappeared into the soft soil near Still Creek

The murals below by Steve Hornung are part of an art project that spans about 250 ft. This fabulous display of art is on the back of commercial buildings across from the Renfrew Street Sky Train Station.

Location:Holdom Sky Train Station, Vancouver BC, Renfrew St Sky Train Station

Sunday, February 20, 2011

East Van

This stunning 17 metre cross was created by Ken Lum a local artist. It is part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games art program. When the sign is lit it will be visible throughout Downtown and from as far away as North Vancouver.

Oppenheimer Park in East Vancouver named for Vancouver's second Mayor, David Oppenheimer, was officially opened in 1898. It is frequented by the beautiful people of the downtown east side where they can find nourishment and friendship.

Many colourful character homes can be seen in this area such as the four directly opposite Oppenheimer Park

Location:6th Ave and Clark Drive East Van

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Waterfront Park in North Vancouver is a haven for public art. This particular work by Douglas Senft is very large and eye catching from all entrances to the park. A number of steel beams mimic the local mountains and reflect the spiritual quality of the landscape

Location:Waterfront Park, North Vancouver

Friday, February 18, 2011

Trans Canada Trail

Trans Canada Trail: The 18,000 Kilometre Dream
The Trans Canada Trail is the longest recreational trail of it's kind in the world connecting communities and cultures from coast to coast.
In the summer of 2003, the Aboriginal Pavilion for the Trans Canada Trail was officially opened by the City of North Vancouver in Waterfront Park.
The pavilion is recognized as one of only three National Level Pavilions in Canada, and marks the Trans Canada Trail's presence on the North Shore.

Written on the plaque to the left of these beautiful works of art:
Greeting Figures
"Our hands and arms welcome you to this sacred area"
Daren Yelton
Squamish Nation Carver

Two elder figures greet you in friendship to the Trans Canada Trail. Both wear traditional cedar hats and vests with white doves representing peace and friendship.
Salmon, symbolic of our cycle of life, and a bald eagle symbolic of power and prestige are represented on the figures.
Mother earth high above the carvings welcomes the world to our wonderful city.
The plaque is held by a grizzly bear which represents strength to our people.

.More information about the trail can be found on the BC Website

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Olympic Village Art

Built on waterfront land near downtown Vancouver, Southeast False Creek was the site of the Vancouver Olympic Village during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Two very large birds by Myfanwy Mcleod a local artist, have taken over the Plaza in the Olympic Village neighbourhood. They are around 18 to 20 feet tall. One of my favourites and I'm happy to say will be a permanent fixture in Vancouver.

Canada's North Star, by Wade Baker
Situated opposite the birds on the waterfront

From the plaque at the site in the Olympic Village:

For millennia, humans have looked to the heavens and the stars for inspiration and guidance. Here, the North Star symbolizes the star that one follows on a journey, much like the long journey of an Olympic or Paralympic athlete striving for excellence. The star reflects the light that glimmers within all those who participate in the Games. The Canadian maple leaf represents Canada hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with pride and honour and respect for all nations. In this work, Wade Baker has brought together the Coast Salish North Star and the Canadian maple leaf to form a statement of welcome extended to the world. The simplicity of the two symbols helps express the theme of respecting First Nations culture and history while honouring the world at large.

Wade Baker is a member of the Squamish First Nation. He was born in 1956 in Vancouver, where he now lives with his family. Wade is a self-taught artist who was inspired as a child by watching his relatives Mungo Martin and Henry Hunt, both master carvers. His understanding of the deep spiritual and religious meaning of traditional ceremonies comes from attending his family's many potlatches in various longhouses along the coast.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Girl in a Wetsuit

This statue sits in the water close to the seawall in Stanley Park. She was a gift to the Vancouver Park Board from Sculptor Elek Imredy. Unveiled in 1972 she represents Vancouver's Independence on the Sea.

I have always been intrigued by this statue and until I decided to study it for a painting, I was under the impression that she was a mermaid.

From my early days of painting Girl in a Wetsuit Oil on Canvas 10 x 12 Pauline Deane

Location:Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Monday, February 14, 2011

Vancouver Convention Centre

Lonely Planet Vancouver (City Guide)
I boarded the seabus at Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver and crossed Burrard Inlet to the Convention Centre. The trip took about 20 minutes and it was interesting to see the variety of passengers on board. They ranged from tourists taking lots of pictures to snow boarders in full gear fresh off the Mountain. The walkway offers music performed by Vancouver's talented buskers.

The Vancouver Convention Centre overlooks waterfront parkland, you can enjoy panoramic views of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. The harbourfront setting offers unique access to a variety of recreational opportunities in a beautiful, scenic setting.
The globe situated at the entrance is a spectacular sight and a favourite place for photographs.

The area surrounding the VCC offers some interesting artwork such as the 65 foot tall Drop. This massive, vibrantly blue Drop is located right at the edge of the new building. It overlooks the cruise ships departing for Alaska and the float planes taking off for the islands.
It was created by Inges Idee, a group of four German artists. The elegant figurehead pays homage to the omnipresence of water in Vancouver.

On the west side of the convention centre you can see Douglas Coupland’s Digital Orca a really interesting sight like a massive lego toy.

The Orca is immediately next to the outdoor Olympic cauldron, originally lit by Wayne Gretsky during the opening ceremonies.
It was great to see the cauldron close up. I had only visited this area once before and that was during the Olympics last year when there were so many people it was difficult to see.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mystery Statue - Robert Burns - Stanley Park,Vancouver BC

Burns: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

Today's answers:
George Washington?
Captain Cook?
lord Stanley?
George Vancouver?
Congratulations to the two people who named the mystery statue:

Robert Burns 1759 - 1796
O, my luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June.
O, my luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I,
And I will luve thee still, my Dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.
Till a' the seas gang dry, my Dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun!
O I will luve thee still, my Dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile!

Happy Valentines Day

The statue is situated at the entrance to Stanley Park in Vancouver
The plaque below the statue reads
"This statue of Robert Burns, Scotland's National Bard, was unveiled by J. Ramsay MacDonald , a Prime Minister of Britain, on 25th August, 1928.
Robert Burns's sincere desire for friendship and brotherhood among all peoples is clearly shown in his many poems and songs. His poetry and letters, both serious and humorous are worthy of study by those who value liberty and freedom.
This memorial was rededicated on the 200th Anniversary of the Bard's death by the Burns Club of Vancouver.
21 July 1996
"Then let us pray that come it may
(as come it will for a' that)...
that man to man, the world o'er
shall birthers be for a' that

Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver BC

Vancouver's oldest tourist attraction, originally built in 1889, stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and land developer, arrived in the young city of Vancouver in Canada. Mackay purchased 6,000 acres of dense forest on either side of Capilano River and built a cabin on the very edge of the canyon wall. The bridge, and Mackay's cabin, became a popular destination for adventurous friends, dubbed Capilano Tramps. After his death, the hemp rope bridge was replaced by a wire cable bridge in 1903.

Since then much has been added to the twenty-seven acre park. Of the many things to do, Treetops Adventure is the park's newest attraction - seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor

There is a fabulous gift shop displaying high quality Canadian souvenirs. In my mind the best in Vancouver

Part of Capilano's captivating story involves the tradition of placing totem (story) poles on the grounds at Capilano Suspension Bridge. In the 1930's Mac MacEachran invited local First Nations to place their story poles in the park, adding a First Nations theme. Those colourful poles are maintained in the exact condition in which they were received and are on display in the Totem Park

This is just one of many beautiful First Nations art displays in the Magical Rain Forest on the Capilano River

Location:North Vancouver, BC

Friday, February 11, 2011

Totem Poles, Stanley Park

Totem Poles of the Pacific Northwest Coast
Whenever visitors travel in and around the Pacific coastlines of the US states of Washington, Oregon and the Canadian province of British Columbia, they will likely see Northwest Native totem poles as part of the local West Coast art.
The totem pole display area at Brockton Point in Stanley Park is the most visited tourist attraction in all of British Columbia and it has an interesting history. In the early 1920s, the elected Park Commissioners of the day supported the idea of constructing an Indian Village in Stanley Park near the Lumbermen's Arch area. This site was chosen as it had been the location of a massive midden, or cultural mound, resulting from years of habitation by the native aboriginal peoples. The midden primarily contained calcined shells that covered an area 8 feet deep over several acres. These shells were so numerous that they were used to surface Stanley Park's first perimeter road

The history of the Canada totem pole goes back for generations. The totems had multiple Northwest Native figures carved on tall, western cedar poles. It was intended to have each figure represent a meaning. Overall, a totem pole told a real life or mythical story. Sometimes the figures also represented a Northwest Native family's crest or coat of arms recording their family history.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lumberman's Arch

Lumbermen's Arch was built in 1952 to honor Vancouver's Lumber Industry. It replaced Bowie's Arch, a timber arch which was built in 1912 by the Lumbermen and Shinglemen's Society. The original arch was built to honour the Duke of Connaught, Queen Victoria's son's visit to Vancouver. He was Governor General of Canada at that time.

Lumberman's Arch is the location where Khwaykhway, a major village once stood. This was a central gathering place for people who came to gather food and supplies, trade, and participate in ceremonies such as the potlatch.

Location:Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Lord Stanley Governor General 1889

Lord Stanley Statue erected 1960 - sculpted by Sydney March The statue captures the moment when Lord Stanley in 1888 dedicated the park named in his honour. "To the use and enjoyment of people of all colours creeds and customs for all time. I NAME THEE STANLEY PARK"

Stanley Park is recognized around the globe as one of the great parks of the world! Vancouver's first park and one of the city's main tourist attractions, Stanley Park is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares (1,000 acres) close to the downtown core. Its natural west coast atmosphere offering a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees embraces visitors and transports them to an environment rich in tranquility. The park abounds in wildlife and its features appeal to the naturalist, the plant lover or one who would do nothing more than relax in beautiful surroundings.

Location:Stanley Park

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Raven And The First Men - Museum of Anthropology

One of the museum's highlights is a contemporary sculpture created by the late Haida craftsman Bill Reid: the Raven and the First Men. The sculpture, which has become one of Vancouver's most important symbols, is located at the center of a rotunda. It depicts the Haida legend that tells the story of Mankind.

According to the story (or at least one of several versions ) life started when a Raven flew to earth and found the earth covered in snow. He then stole the sun from the gods and created animals, forests, rivers and oceans. One day, on a beach, the raven found an enormous clamshell with five men in it. The raven coaxed them into leaving the shell with the promise of a prosperous life. Hesitant at first, they eventually emerged from the shell, becoming the first Haida men. Eventually, the raven told them where to find women. "As a third generation person who was brought up in Vancouver, I am really enjoying your Vancouver blog! ....... I think Bill Reid should be recognised as an artist, not a craftsman. His jewellery, carvings and prints are known as the best of his time. I lived near UBC as a child. My Dad used to take me out to see Bill---he used to carve in a shed where Totem Park is now, and he would tell us all stories about the things he was carving. We were all enchanted. In later years I heard him speak at the Anthropology Museum. He talked about the Raven and Clamshell. He said the "rearend " with the feet sticking out was a Haida man trying to climb back in!" Margaret Ryall

Location:University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Wang Shugang (China) One of Vancouver's Biennale 2009-2011 Public Art Exhibits First exhibited during the G8 summit meeting in Germany in 2007where world leaders held a "meeting" The placing of the figures in static sitting positions with cupped hands is not without irony nor historical and cultural significance.
This is one of my paintings also named "Meeting" Interesting the different interpretations of a meeting -

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