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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vancouver Street's Mosaics

We find this all over Downtown...yes not only the sad picture of the feets on the ground, you can find this pistoresque handmade mosaics.

Title:On the Scene

Located at the southeast corner of Robson and Burrard Streets.

A stroll through Vancouver’s vibrant shopping district on a sunny summer afternoon is an experience not to be missed by tourists and residents alike. This mosaic displays three friends taking in the scene and enjoying the pleasant ambience that permeates the downtown core. From Robson Street to the Granville Strip, dining, shopping and sightseeing are a cultural experience that mosaic artist Liz Calvin has adeptly captured in this tile. Utilizing subtle colours and filtering them with oranges and reds in bright tones, this mosaic conveys the feel of Vancouver’s happy easy-going nature that appeals to all.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary in 2005, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) launched a public art project aimed at beautifying downtown streetscapes. The project involved a collaborative process between DVBIA members and a team of artists to create 12 original tile mosaics, each measuring nine square feet and permanently installed in city sidewalks throughout the DVBIA’s 90 block area.

Phase two of the Mosaic Art Tiles Project creates six more tiles to add to the collection.

As they did in 2005, accomplished local mosaic artists Liz Calvin and Bruce Walther have spearheaded the design and production of the mosaics.

The piece-by-piece creation of the mosaics took place during the seven weeks of the Cultural Olympiad 2008. Artisans worked in Sinclair Centre where Vancouverites and visitors could watch the designs come to life, ask questions and interact with the artists. Members of the public were also invited to help design two of the mosaics.

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BFF Award

BFF Award