The City of Vancouver is going to provide $5.9 million for public art displays. Not VANOC, but the COV. That should make a lot of people happy in this city.
Regardless of how some people feel about this project, this is going ahead. There really is nothing you can do about it. Perhaps you can deface it and then spend more taxpayers money to clean it up.
Anyways, This is a welcome addition as it will enhance many of Vancouver’s main streets, heck even Kingsway and Knight will get in on this. This is after all the biggest public art initiative in the city’s history.
The Urban Dweller thinks that this will be a wonderful addition and an excellent opportunity to transform the city, or at the very least add some more public art.
There was mention in the article of permanent bridge artwork for Cambie Street Bridge. Let’s hope they keep a significant amount of the artwork as the city has pledged. Vancouver severely lacks in public art (not counting the Inukshuks of course) and this is a major step in the right direction. Some of the areas to get major art installations include the Olympic Village, Library Square, Stanley Park, City hall and Cambie. There will also be smaller displays scattered around the city.
The art is expected to be installed late next year and all displays will go through a worldwide competition. Hopefully a few local British Columbian artists will be chosen, that would be neat.
Now how long before the city gets blasted for funding the arts and not the homeless or seniors? Only time will tell…