Ever wanted to learn about the vast amount of public art strewn about the city? Well, now you can do it while biking the picturesque seawall and downtown Vancouver.
The Art Wheelers tour follows the Seawall through Coal Harbour, cuts through downtown via its dedicated bike lanes, then continues along the Seawall around False Creek. All along the way, the guide tells stories about a multitude of different pieces ranging from sculptural installations, murals, fountains, mosaics, buildings, and even some unexpected surprises often overlooked. Participants of the tour will learn about several contemporary pieces as well as some older relics that have fallen by the wayside. Some of the pieces covered may already be familiar, such as A-maze-ing Laughter, but their hidden meanings may still prove surprising. Others you may have overlooked altogether, such as Working Landscape. Whether an art aficionado, or a “blank canvas,” this tour will let participants see the city through a new lens.
The tour takes place primarily on the Seawall, so its easy for all ages 12 and up. It runs from June 1 to September 30, every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm. Duration of the tour is 2 – 2.5 hours, and it covers about 9 km of cycling. Price is $25.00 plus bike rental (at discount, if required).
Founded in 2011, the Art Wheelers tour was developed by local art experts and bike enthusiasts Carol-Ann Ryan and Rosemary Lennox, with the mission to bring understanding and appreciation to public art in Vancouver. Cycle City Tours is continuing this program, redeveloped for 2013 featuring a select and diverse cross section of urban public art.