As the name of the series suggests, the commissioned pieces explore Vancouver's proximity to the ocean, the importance of land and sea boundaries in a coastal region, the constant flux of our landscape, and overall, "circumstances that make coastal cities such as Vancouver unique", according to a press release provided by the city.
The call for artists was first announced in late August 2015. Artists were invited to submit proposals for temporary 2-D print and video installations, to be displayed on video screens, in and around transit stations, and in other public areas.
Launched on May 16, the Coastal City series will see new works appearing on a monthly basis through October.
Barnacle City, one of the works presented earlier this week, was created by interdisciplinary artist Laiwan. Her work will be showcased on video screens in the city's downtown core at Granville and Robson, Telus Gardens, within Terry Fox Plaza, at the VanCity Theatre and outside Pacific Cinematheque.
The looping one-minute and 40-second video combines projections of a "future city" inspired by science fiction, with images of Vancouver's cityscape as well as various oceanic forms.
The second work, an untitled series of three images created by artist Ryan Peter, is installed at transit shelter locations throughout the city.
Using a contact photo-printing process, Peter takes acrylic paints, chemicals, and industrial materials and uses them atop translucent plastic film in the darkroom. His enigmatic prints draw on the shifting relationship between physical and digital forms, while simultaneously evoking a sense of tension between the natural and urban realms, and the way humans intersect with them.
Peter's work is installed at the following transit shelter locations*:
- Cambie Street south of Robson Street, west side
- Howe Street south of Robson Street, west side
- Keefer Place east of Taylor Street, south side
- West Pender Street west of Carrall Street, north side
- Cambie Street north of West 18th Avenue, east side
- Cambie Street south of West 54th Avenue, west side
- East Broadway east of Penticton Street, south side
- Fraser Street north of East 31st Avenue, east side
- Fraser Street north of East 19th Avenue, east side
- West Hastings Street west of Carrall Street, north side
- East Hastings Street west of Nanaimo Street, north side
- Kingsway west of Lincoln Street, north side
- Main Street north of East 41st Avenue, east side
- Nanaimo Street south of East 5th Avenue, west side
- Renfrew Street north of East Broadway, east side
- SW Marine Drive east of Laurel Street, south side
- SE Marine Drive east of Knight Street off-ramp, south side
- Victoria Diversion south of Victoria Drive, west side
- West 49th Avenue west of Manitoba Street, north side
- East 49th Avenue east of Nanaimo Street, south side
Earlier works installed as part of the Coastal City series include a piece by Elisa Yon and Amanda Arcuri located at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, as well as a piece by Deanne Achong, on display at the Vancouver-City Centre Canada Line station.
Stay tuned for future works by Jayce Salloum, Krista Schoening and Coley Mixan, Kyla Mallett, Castle/Ingram/Grünenfelder, Emilie Crewe, Lisa G. Nielsen, Curtis Grahauer, Jason Nielsen, and Ben Bogart.