It will be a few years until Vancouverites get to see the new Vancouver Art Gallery at the corner of West Georgia and Cambie Streets, but for now, the site at Larwill Park will be home to a new installation by renowned First Nations artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.
The outdoor piece, Yuxweluptun's largest to date, is titled Ovoidism.
It's centered around the ovoid, an oval-rectangular shape that is a key element of Northwest coast art. The shape is built upon to create design patterns and to suggest movement, forming various figures that can represent a number of features like joints, eyes, and teeth.
The piece was constructed with laminated plywood and latex paint.
In the installation, the artist combines various iterations of the form with vivid colours, "to speak to the past and the present uses of the Larwill Park site, marking that place with a watchful eye, and reminding us as we pass by and through the site that we live, work, and interact on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people," according to release from the VAG.
In the past, Larwill Park has been a parade ground, a fairground, a sports field, and a meeting place for both celebrations and protests. It's currently a parking lot and a bus depot.
The site was treated with its first installation from the art gallery last fall; a series of nine oversized documentary photographs that showcase past events that took place at the park.
Yuxweluptun's installation will be unveiled to the public on Thursday (September 22) at 6 p.m. It will be on display at Larwill Park until September 2017.