First Nations-designed crosswalk installed on Granville Street (PHOTOS)

Jun 21 2019, 6:45 pm

Metro Vancouver’s growing collection of multi-coloured, thematic crosswalks now includes a new pedestrian crossing with a First Nations design.

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Earlier today, coinciding with National Indigenous Peoples Day, the City of Vancouver unveiled a new three-section crosswalk designed by Musqueam First Nation artist Robyn Sparrow.

The new permanent crosswalks are designed with geometric patterns of white, black, sonoma sand, brick red, and yellow are located on Granville Street in South Vancouver, between West 70th Avenue and 68th Avenue.

Musqueam First Nations crosswalk on Granville Street in Vancouver

Musqueam First Nations crosswalk on Granville Street in Vancouver. (City of Vancouver)

Sparrow’s design was selected after the municipal government issued an open call last year to Indigenous artists to submit their designs for consideration.

This location was selected for its highly active location within a retail area and its proximity to the Musqueam’s ancient village of c̓əsnaʔəm.

Musqueam First Nations crosswalk on Granville Street in Vancouver

Musqueam First Nations crosswalk on Granville Street in Vancouver. (City of Vancouver)

Earlier this month, several new crosswalks funded by Fortis BC were painted with the colours of the Italian flag were painted on Commercial Drive to provide the area with a visual representation of its designation as Vancouver’s Little Italy district.

And, of course, there are now over 40 public installations across BC that celebrate the LGBTQ community, with most of these installations being rainbow crosswalks.

Italian flag Little Italy Vancouver crosswalk

Italian flag-coloured crosswalks on Commercial Drive to celebrate Vancouver’s Little Italy district. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Italian flag-coloured crosswalks on Commercial Drive to celebrate Vancouver’s Little Italy district. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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