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01

Jul
2016

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Calder Community Mosaic: Neighbourhood Pattern Workshops

On 01, Jul 2016 | In Make, Place, Project | By Admin

In June 2016 we had the pleasure of spending time in the Calder neighbourhood of Edmonton, part of Treaty Six territories in Alberta.  We met with community members through pattern-making workshops, generating ideas for a large mosaic which will be installed at the new Calder Branch of the Edmonton Public Library.  Ultimately, a wide variety of different repeating patterns will be artfully meshed together into one whole.

The free pattern-making workshops focused on using a triangular base.  Triangles have been used in patterns across cultures for millennia.  Geometrically, equilateral triangles have many shape and pattern possibilities; they create both linear and radial patterns, and can be arranged into hexagons, stars, diamonds, zig-zags, curves, and other shapes.

We had the honour of conducting these playful, open-ended workshops at the North West Seniors Society, the Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Society, the Africa Centre, the Al Rashid Mosque, Calder School, and the existing Calder Branch. We sincerely thank all of the incredible participants – we are so grateful for the beautiful, diverse, and intriguing contributions.

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Special thanks to Robert Harpin from the Edmonton Arts Council, Julie Woods and Raquel (Rocky) Mann from Calder Branch, and Cathie Bush from Calder School.  We certainly felt welcome during our stay in Edmonton, and it was great to learn about Calder through visiting vibrant neighbourhood nodes.

Stay tuned for more over the coming months!

Photos taken with permission by: Raquel Mann, Calder Branch staff, David Gregory, Rebecca Bayer

This project is made possible through the Edmonton Arts Council.

Rebecca Bayer (artist) & David Gregory (photographer)

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02

Jun
2016

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‘Storytelling’ installed!

On 02, Jun 2016 | In Make, Place, Project, Space | By Admin

Earlier this week our latest piece of public art, ‘Storytelling’ was installed!

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IMu Chan inspecting the installation of ‘Storytelling’ at Chief Mathias Joe Park, North Vancouver, BC.

Rebecca Bayer of spacemakeplace design worked in collaboration with IMu Chan of FSOARK Architects, in close partnership with the City of North Vancouver and local Squamish Nation representatives on this project.  It is part of the soon-to-be-complete renovation of Chief Mathias Joe Park in North Vancouver, BC.

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‘Storytelling’ as seen from the soon to be completed playground at Chief Mathias Joe Park.

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‘Storytelling’ is inspired by a story about the ‘Twin Sisters’ who brought peace to the region and were transformed into Vancouver’s iconic peaks more commonly known today as the ‘The Lions’.

The Sisters can be appreciated from multiple angles.

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Our special thanks to Toby’s Cycle Works, the metal fabricators and installers of ‘Storytelling’.  Thank you to the City of North Vancouver for making this project happen!

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Toby and Tito from Toby’s Cycleworks making final adjustments to ‘Storytelling’

Stay tuned for official park opening date – coming soon.

 

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13

May
2016

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Calder Branch Mosaic Workshops

On 13, May 2016 | In Project, Research | By Admin

Calder Branch Mosaic Workshop Poster

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free pattern making workshop

Saturday June 18, 2016

drop in 10am – 6pm

12522 132 Avenue, Edmonton (Calder Branch of Edmonton Public Library)

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19

Sep
2015

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‘Motif of One and Many’ is Open!

On 19, Sep 2015 | In News, Place, Project | By Admin

We were very proud to attend today’s Opening Ceremony of Richmond’s City Centre Community Centre and the official unveiling of ‘Motif of One and Many’.

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Mayor Malcolm Brodie opened his welcoming speech by giving special thanks to Rebecca for her very popular floor installation.

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The opening ceremony was open to the public and was well attended by people from across the community.  The City Centre Community Centre offered celebratory cupcakes.

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City Centre Community Centre is located at 5900 Minoru Blvd. in Richmond and is open seven days a week.  ‘Motif of One and Many’ is located in the 2nd floor lobby.
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04

Aug
2015

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CITY FABRIC Photoshoot

On 04, Aug 2015 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

We had a fun morning photographing CITY FABRIC from a 125′ boom lift.

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Thanks to United Rentals and the great team at GNW Scene Shop for their generous support and assistance!

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CITY FABRIC is installed and open to the public under the south end of Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge from August 1 to September 30, 2015.

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14

Jul
2015

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Fantasma @ Project Space

On 14, Jul 2015 | In Make, News, Place | By Admin

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Fantasma Viaduct Prints

Project Space – Monthly Open Studio: Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt

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Join Project Space for their Monthly Open Studio presentation of “Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt (We Build A New City),” an exhibition of photographic works based on themes of architecture and urbanism that features artwork by Rebecca Bayer, David Gregory and Ryan Ming. A special edition zine and series of postcards realized for the exhibition will be available.

“Fantasma” is a series by Rebecca Bayer and David Gregory that explores the potential of space beneath Vancouver’s viaduct infrastructure. These images layer a repeated silk-screened pattern, derived from the negative space surrounding the Dunsmuir Viaduct, over alternately processed photographs developed on rag paper.

“Moving on Up” is a series of photographs Ryan Ming has taken throughout Vancouver, documenting various forms of high-rise housing developments built in the 1960s and 70s. The images display an interchangeability in the appearance of raw concrete and geometrics that seem indistinguishable from postwar housing estates in Europe.

REBECCA BAYER is an artist and architectural designer whose work concentrates on ways people interact with the materiality of the city.

DAVID GREGORY is a photographer who focuses on Vancouver as both a subject and a backdrop, addressing ideas concerning public and private space.

RYAN MING is a Vancouver-based writer and artist. His photography examines themes of time, urban fragments and landscape documentation, utilizing a cinematographic approach.

 

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09

Jul
2015

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Inspiration for Calder Community Patterns

On 09, Jul 2015 | In Inspiration, Project, Research | By Admin

We’re excited about the new Calder Library mosaic project.  The mosaic will be inspired by some of the patterns from the different groups of people who make up this Edmonton community.  Census data shows that the people of Calder originate from countries and cultures from all over the world, and that there is a large Aboriginal population.

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Plains First Nations

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Ukraine

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England

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Fillipino

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Mexico

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China

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Middle East

Ndebele Artwork on Wall of a House

Africa

 

 

 

 

 

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04

Jul
2015

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CITY FABRIC – coming soon

On 04, Jul 2015 | In Make, News, Project, Research | By Admin

It’s been several years in the works but CITY FABRIC is now underway and due for installation under the south end of Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge this Summer.  Rebecca (spacemakeplace) and Matthew Soules (MSA) have recently been material testing.  More to come soon…

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Matthew, Rebecca, Jeff and Cam testing the rigging system for CITY FABRIC

 

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30

Jun
2015

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BOUNTY – public art proposal

On 30, Jun 2015 | In Place, Proposal, Research | By Admin

“The [Burrard] Inlet and Indian Arm have been a source of sustenance for the Tsleil-Waututh people since time out of mind. Our Elders taught us that when the tide went out, the table was set. Industrial development over the past 75 years has made it impossible for our children to enjoy the natural resources that our grandmothers and grandfathers enjoyed.”   – Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation

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Native B.C. Little Neck Clam

BOUNTY is a public art proposal by spacemakeplace inspired by a quote from Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Her people have lived on the shores around Burrard Inlet for millennia. BOUNTY is intended to honor the commitment and spirit of many local communities situated in Vancouver, especially around Burrard Inlet, who are stewards of our waters, air and land.

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BOUNTY Concept Image

BOUNTY abstracts a Littleneck Clam, native to Burrard Inlet, by enlarging it to the size of seating and then casting it in white Ductal®, an ultra-high performance concrete. Ductal® has a fine, shell-like finish and can render realistic detail but is incredibly resilient to hostile environments and so is a perfect material for use in public art where tactility and durability are important.

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BOUNTY Concept Layout

The outsize proportion of the clam sculpture signifies the abundance, or BOUNTY of seafood that a clean and healthy Burrard Inlet can provide. Three clams are proposed to be clustered in a public plaza in Port Moody, BC. as a monument to this important body of water.

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15

Jun
2015

In Inspiration
Research

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Tessellation Patterns

On 15, Jun 2015 | In Inspiration, Research | By Admin

Tessellations form a class of patterns found in nature. The arrays of hexagonal cells in a honeycomb or the diamond-shaped scales that pattern snake skin are natural examples of tessellation patterns. Distinct shapes are formed from several geometric units (tiles) that all fit together with no gaps or overlaps to form an interesting and united pattern.  Tessellating patterns are abstract and non-representational which makes their interpretation open to the imagination of all people.

Tessellation Patterns in Nature

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Snake Skin

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Flower

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Leaf

Cracked Mud

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Sunflower

 

Tidal_pattern

Tidal

 

 

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01

Jun
2015

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STORYTELLING – getting ready for final production

On 01, Jun 2015 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

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Storytelling – Final Production Drawings

The final production drawings are ready.  Next step is the fabrication and preparation to install STORYTELLING this Fall at Chief Mathias Joe Park in North Vancouver, BC.

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