City of Vancouver unveils new neon text artwork in False Creek

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      The City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program and Sustainability Group has just unveiled a new piece of public art at the south edge of False Creek, and it’s both eye-catching and thought-provoking.

      Should I Be Worried? is a neon text artwork installed on a disused industrial wooden beam structure produced by local artist Justin Langlois, as part of the City’s first Artist-in-Residence program.

      The art piece aims to create awareness and open up dialogues about social, economic, and environmental sustainability issues.

      It will prompt viewers to consider their situation and surroundings, which leads to another question: Is there something to be done?

      Langlois is the city’s first artist in residence and has been working with the Sustainability Group since July 2016 to learn about the initiatives and themes that shape the Greenest City Action Plan.

      The artist is cofounder and research director of Broken City Lab, an artist-led collective that explores and works with a variety of social topics. He is also an assistant professor of social practice at the Faculty of Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

      Langlois’s 18-month residency culminated with his public artwork being unveiled.

      "Should I Be Worried?" by Justin Langlois.
      Tammy Kwan


      Justin Langlois making a speech at CityStudio before his artwork was unveiled.
      Tammy Kwan