First Nations street mural coming to new Bute and Alberni pop-up plaza

Jul 23 2020, 6:40 pm

The finishing touches are being made to an on-street mural at one of downtown Vancouver’s newest temporary pop-up plazas.

Bute Street between Alberni Street and the laneway north of Robson Street is temporarily closed to vehicles for a new pop-up plaza.

But in addition to the typical traffic barriers and street furniture associated with such public spaces, an on-street mural with a First Nations design is being added to help activate the plaza.

The design is by local artist Atheana Picha, whose work has also been prominently featured at Vancouver Mural Festival events.

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On-street mural at the Bute Street pop-up plaza at Alberni Street. (Vancouver Public Space Network)

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On-street mural at the Bute Street pop-up plaza at Alberni Street. (Vancouver Public Space Network)

The municipal government is working with local businesses and business improvement associations to create pop-up plazas that provide people with extra safe space to eat, rest, or enjoy the weather.

Other pop-up plazas created to date this summer are located at East 27th Avenue at Fraser Street, West 18th Avenue at Cambie Street, West 17th Avenue at Cambie Street, West 14th Avenue at Granville Street, West 13th Avenue at Granville Street, Bute Street north of Davie Street, Helmcken Street between Hamilton and Mainland Streets, and Carrall Street at Maple Tree Square.

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