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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guinness Book of World Records

Ambleside Beach boasts a small sign telling the Story of Clyde McRae who walked Canada's coast to coast in 96 days. He left Black Rock Beach NS on May 1st and arrived at Ambleside Beach August 4th 1973. His achievement is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records

Location:Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver BC

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wind Swimmer

High up above the Kitsilano Pool you can see this lovely work of art by Douglas Taylor

Location:Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver BC

Freezing Water

This artist’s inspiration came from pure forms; liquid water or mercury stopped in motion that revealed its shape as a drop or spill caught in the air. Though weighing seven tons, with no angles, or hard edges, the form flows visually and appears light and fluid. The foundation for this sculpture has a substructure of 65 cubic metres of concrete and steel. Bienalle Website

Artist Jun Ren (China)

Location:Vanier Park,Vancouver BC

HR MacMillan Space Centre Museum and Planetarium

One of Vancouver's best-known attractions, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is part space and science museum, part planetarium, and part observatory. The Space Centre is basically comprised of three areas: a small museum portion, called the Cosmic Courtyard, which includes interactive displays, a moon rock sample you can touch, and science exhibits, the educational theatre GroundStation Canada and the planetarium.

The impressive crab sculpture at the entrance to the Space Centre was created by George Norris. Beneath the plaque in the foreground is a time capsule to be opened on Canada's Bicentennial in 2067

Located next to the Space Centre, the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory features a ½-metre Cassegrain telescope to explore the skies around Vancouver. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and volunteers will guide your exploration and answer your questions.

Location:Vanier Park, Vancouver BC

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Stop

My first exposure to this artwork was at the "Big Ideas Student Exhibit" at the Ferry Building in West Vancouver. Students from a variety of schools are asked to interpret the 2009-2011 Biennale art exhibits around Vancouver. The student for this project chose. "Stop Child Soldiers"

It reminded me of a lecture I had attended on Remembrance Day by Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire. Most of his talk focused on the awareness of child soldiers and prevention. He speaks about the empowerment of the women and education of the children. Please take a minute to visit his website

This is a powerful exhibit when you STOP and think of how it can be applied

Location:Vanier Park, Vancouver BC

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Community History Centre

Lynn Valley Elementary School was originally built in 1920. The Edwardian Baroque"-style building was designed by local architects Henry Blackadder & Alexander Sinclair Wemyss MacKay. It is now the Community History Centre for North Vancouver. The centre houses the local cultural commission offices, archives reading room, collections, storage, education resource centre and a public meeting room.

Embedded In the walkway at the entrance to the school is a maple leaf, surrounded by memorial bricks remembering some of the people of North Vancouver.

To the side of the walkway are stacks of concrete books of different heights and layouts. A beautiful sight as you approach the old school

Location:North Vancouver

Thursday, March 24, 2011


This simple band of stainless steel by Katherine Kerr twists upon itself to reflect events and visions of both the past and the present. It is located on Lonsdale Avenue close to the North Vancouver City library.

There are many events recorded here. I was particularly interested in the 2nd Narrows Bridge story and found this account of the incidents in Re:Place Magazine "In the 1930's a barge, Pacific Gatherer, going under the Second Narrows Bridge (the 1925 version, long gone) got stuck beneath the span . . . at low tide. Witnesses looked on in helpless horror as the tide began to rise, the barge began to crush against the bridge, and the bridge began to buckle. No one was hurt, but the span would be put out of commission for four years. It had been hit by ships three times before the barge incident, and would be hit again after it was repaired. It came to be known as “The Bridge of Sighs,” and would be demolished by 1970"

Very close to the band I found this wonderful compass embedded in the sidewalk

Location:North Vancouver,Canada

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Joe Bustemente Trumpet

The large trumpet by Richard Wojciechowski stands at North Vancouver Wharf as a tribute to Joe Bustemente a one armed Chilean Mariner. In 1900 Joe was retained to blow his trumpet to direct harbor ferries through the fog to the Wharf.

Location:North Vancouver Wharf

Monday, March 21, 2011

Vancouver Airport ( YVR ) Artwork

The abundant artwork at Vancouver Airport is second to none and such a brilliant first impression on visitors to our country. Bill Reid's Jade Canoe statue is among the celebrated artist's most amazing works. The massive piece, in the Departures area, is worth arriving early to enjoy.

This large Wooden Owl can be seen on the way to the Millennium Line the train that links YVR to the Seabus and downtown Vancouver. Both are a great addition to YVR

Location:Vancouver Airport YVR

Sunday, March 20, 2011

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

"Let us honour the memory of those who died in Sharpeville and other racist incidents by redoubling our efforts to eradicate all forms of racism and racial discrimination. Let us translate good intentions into legal standards and the will to uphold them. Above all, let us cherish the rich diversity of humankind and respect the inherent dignity and equality of every human being." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2010 The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. Emigration had a profound influence on the world in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, when millions of poor families left Europe for the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, the rest of Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. Even though definitions may be vague and vary somewhat, emigration/immigration should not be confused with the phenomenon of involuntary migration, such as instances of population transfer or ethnic cleansing. The picture below shows the immigrant memorial monument by Sergio Comacchio at Il Giardino Italiano, Pacific National Exhibition grounds in Vancouver. It not only commemorates Italian immigrants but all who came from their place of birth to find a new life in Canada. Welcoming people of all race and colour from all over the world.

A similar statue can be found at the Albert Dock in Liverpool, England. A bronze sculpture by Mark De Graffenried, 2001. This statue of a young family commemorates migration from Liverpool to the new world. It was given to the people of Liverpool by the Mormon Church as a tribute to the many families from all over Europe who embarked on a brave and pioneering voyage from Liverpool to start a new life in America and Canada. The child stepping forward at the front symbolises migration to the unknown world, whilst the child playing with a crab at the rear of the statue indicates a deep association with the sea.

Location:Vancouver, Canada/ Liverpool, England

Discovery, Captain George Vancouver

Mural by Jim McKenzie 1986

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".

Location:West Vancouver

Ambassador of Peace

This beautiful bronze work of art "Ambassador of Peace" can be seen when driving down Boundary Rd towards the airport. Behind the statue is a wall of community, it is dedicated to Korean War Veterans and displays names of veterans who died in the Korean War.

The plaque reads: The Korean Veterans Association of BC gratefully appreciates the generosity of the city of Burnaby for donating the site in Central Park.......

This was my first visit to Central Park and it was if the wild life were saying "good morning, welcome"

I walked further into the Park and came across a beautiful lake where you can sit on a bench near by and watch the wild life.

I was intrigued by the area where horseshoes are a competitive sport played mostly in the summer.

On my way around the park I noticed many families out for a stroll. The play area is a great place to stop and watch the children enjoy a well planned slide area.

Location:Central Park Burnaby

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

This plaque is situated at the entrance to St Patricks Church in Vancouver,BC

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. It is also believed that St Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.

On my travels around England I came across this sacred spot in the middle of a council estate in Liverpool. The plaque reads "Near this spot stood the mediaeval Saint Patricks Cross which traditionally was believed to mark the place where Saint Patrick preached before sailing to Ireland in AD 432"

Wishing you the luck of the Irish Happy Saint Patricks Day

Location:Saint Patricks Church, Vancouver BC

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Who's got the umbrella

This beautiful work of art and one of my favourites stands outside the Deep Cove Cultural Centre. The plaque reads: Title "Who's got the umbrella" by Greg Kawczynski With the support from the Deep Cove Cultural Society and the District of North Vancouver Marble donated by Leo D'Or Mining Inc.

The Deep Cove Cultural Centre building is a combination of 130 seat air conditioned studio theatre, the Deep Cove Heritage Society and the Seymour Art Gallery. It stands on the exact spot where the first permanent settlers the Moore's house and store once stood. I recently attended a play "Blithe Spirit" at the theatre, fabulous venue, excellent acting and to top it all an incredible art show during the interval.

Location:Deep Cove

Monday, March 14, 2011

Artificial Rock

This work of art made of stainless steel was created by Zhan Wang of China. It is part of the Vancouver Biennale 2009-2011 The plaque reads: This reflective rock literally and metaphorically represents the past and the future, tradition and transition of a nation and people into modernity. Zahn Wang's rock Represents the new China the growth and expansion of ideas, aesthetics, economics and internationalism

Location:Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mount Pleasant Mural

This beautifully painted, very realistic mural can be seen on Broadway in the Mount Pleasant area.

Location:Broadway and Kingsway, Vancouver BC

Friday, March 11, 2011

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House Mural

The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House is Vancouver’s first new NH in 20 years. It offers numerous programs to all genders and ancestries on the downtown eastside. In July 2008 more than 200 DTES residents painted an exterior mural on the storefront of Neighbourhood House with a garden as its complement. Certainly a sunny sight as you pass by the busy main streets of Hastings and Princess.

Location:Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Strathcona Mural Project

The Strathcona Business Association facilitates a mural program to beautify and help create a positive image for the Strathcona area and to support local artists. Murals have proven to be an excellent deterrent against graffiti. I was driving around this area today and snapped a couple of these beautiful murals. I spotted this impressive work of art on Powell Street driving towards down town.

This mural I found on the corner of Powell and Clark a fabulously colourful sight when driving by the grey buildings. Inscribed at the bottom of the mural "The Earth Giveth And The Earth Taketh Away"

Location:Powell Street, Vancouver

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sailors Memorial

This beautiful Compass Rose Sundial is at the centre of Sailors Memorial in Waterfront Park. The inscription around the bottom reads "At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them." Around the dial line, are drawings on the porcelain of the ships that were lost during the second World War.

A plaque with the names of those who lost their lives while serving with the Royal Canadian Navy during the second World War, the focal photo point being Lt. Hamton Grey UC. of the fleet Air Arm. Lt. Hamton Grey was the only member who was awarded the Victoria Cross.

On the North side of the monument area stand four flags, the Canadian Flag, the Navy White Ensign, the Canadian Red Maritime Ensign, and the British Columbia Flag.

Location:Waterfront Park, North Vancouver BC

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Historical Fort Langley

Fort Langley was part of a network of trading posts established by the Hudson Bay Company. Historically the functional Fort Langley had a relatively short life. From beginning to end it lasted some 60 years. The original structure was built by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1827. There are many buildings on this site from a school to houses to the trading post itself. The area is surrounded by a wall with lookouts at each corner.

Activity in Fort Langley reach its peak with the Gold Rush of 1858. Prospectors would depart from Fort Langley on their trek to find their fortune.

In 1923 Fort Langley was declared a site of national historic importance. In 1955 it was established as a National Historic Park. Many historical works of art are displayed throughout the buildings on site.

Demonstrations by the local people of the time are both interesting and educational.

Great photo shoot opportunities for visitors

Location:Fort Langley, BC Canada

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Opera Walk, Italian Gardens

This beautiful setting at the Italian Gardens in Hastings Park features fountains, gargoyles, a picnic area for large gatherings and fragrant plants.

The Opera Walk is a collection of dramatic faces of opera characters that are carved into the stone walls and fountains.

Spectacular sight and a must to visit in the summer

Location:Hastings Park, Vancouver BC