About a week and a half ago, a public art project appeared at the empty lot on Denman and Nelson Street – What do you love? Panels painted with large hearts adorned the iron gates around the empty lot. Throughout the Canada Day weekend, Vancouverites and visitors from abroad shared with the West End what is in their hearts. Sharpies attached to strings were provided, and the fact that nobody stole these sharpies gives us a sense of pride that we live in such a respectful community.
For about one week the public art stayed up for all to enjoy and take part in. Though, just yesterday, the panels were taken down and a letter from the ones responsible left a lovely letter to the community pictured below.
The letter says:
To neighbours and visitors of the West End,
We hope you enjoyed this temporary community-created public art. The intent was to liven up this long-empty lot and have a little fun on the street… sharing our loves with each other. If you like to take a panel home to keep, please help yourself.
In the spirit of the project – that we love our neighbourhood – if you sort through to find your favourite, please put the rest back in a tidy pile so as not to clutter up the lane.
If you want a one-of-a-kind art piece for your home, make sure to stop by and pick up a panel. The beauty of this project is that every element of its creation represents our love for our community. The heart-painted-panels covered the unsightly empty lot, giving us a sense that hope exists in even the toughest times. The only vandalism that occurred were the words that saturated not only the painted hearts, but also the hearts of the West End community.