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13

Oct
2018

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New Project: Maple Ridge Community Mosaic

On 13, Oct 2018 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

Thanks to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadow News for their recent article about our upcoming project at the renovated Maple Ridge Leisure Centre. We’re looking forward to the community workshop series with local groups this November.

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20

Jun
2018

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Newly Planted: GIANT

On 20, Jun 2018 | In Make, News, Place, Project | By Admin

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We are very pleased to announce the recent installation of ‘Giant’, a 71’ tall artwork commissioned by PC Urban for the newly rebuilt Lightworks Building, located at 22 East 5th Avenue in Vancouver’s Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood.

At 71′ tall, ‘Giant’ represents a juvenile Douglas Fir tree, standing at the approximate height a real Douglas Fir might be in 2018, had it started from seed when the original Lightworks building was first built in 1942.  

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Our special thanks to Gerald Nimchuk and his great team at East Van Vinyl for their expert printing and precision installation.  East Van Vinyl are located on 6th Avenue, only one block away from GIANT!  Thank you also to Wade Girgulis, Project Manager at PC Urban and Jan Ballard and her team at Ballard Fine Art for this opportunity.

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GIANT installation half way.  The installation took place in two phases and took four days to complete.

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On the doors at the main entrance to the Lightworks Building the GIANT image is fritted inside the glass panes for added protection

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15

Feb
2017

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Winter WHERENESS

On 15, Feb 2017 | In News, Project | By Admin

WHERENESS covered in February snow at Cambie St & 50th

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05

Aug
2016

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‘Whereness’ Installed!

On 05, Aug 2016 | In Make, News, Place, Project, Space | By Admin

WHERENESS, located at Cambie & 50th, Vancouver.  More here.  Happy to announce that the new public artwork ‘Whereness’ was successfully installed at the Cambria site in early August 2016.  Landscaping at base coming soon.

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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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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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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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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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30

Apr
2015

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STORYTELLING – mini maquette looking good

On 30, Apr 2015 | In Make, News, Project | By Admin

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IMu Chan holding the MDF Mini Maquette

Rebecca and IMu made this mini maquette of one of the “Two Sisters” before STORYTELLING goes to final production.  It is exciting to see a 3D preview!  The finished STORYTELLING sculptures will be 62″ tall and fabricated from cut aluminum.

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15

Apr
2015

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WHERENESS – erratic movement

On 15, Apr 2015 | In Place, Project, Research | By Admin

Five thousand years ago a huge glacier, a mile thick covered what is now Vancouver, BC.

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As this massive ice sheet flowed down the Fraser Valley and across the Lower Mainland, it pushed and crushed mountains of rock in its path.  When the giant ice sheet receded back up into the mountains at the end of the last Ice Age it deposited millions of large boulders in its wake.

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These glacial erratics remain scattered all over Vancouver, usually buried below the city. As Vancouver grows and the land is developed and redeveloped these ancient boulders are exposed by excavation and removed, once again setting them in motion.

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01

Sep
2014

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Cantharellus formosus – a social network

On 01, Sep 2014 | In Inspiration, Place, Research | By Admin

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Pacific Chanterelle Mushrooms

Cantharellus formosus is a mycelium commonly known as the Pacific Golden Chanterelle mushroom and is native to the Pacific Northwest. The popular edible mushrooms are the fruiting bodies that form on nodes of much larger mycelium organisms that live in the soil and criss-cross the region in vast networks.

The Pacific Golden Chanterelle, like other fungi, are ancient forms of life. Pacific Golden Chanterelle share an intimate and symbiotic relationship with the West Coast’s conifer forests and especially the mighty Western Cedar. These two very different species support each other in a mutually beneficial way at a cellular level, giving and taking important resources that lie beyond each other’s reach.

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Symbiotic relationship between conifer trees and Cantharellus formosus

The Pacific Golden Chanterelle is fed by, and in return feeds, the conifers while actively supporting its community, helping to support soil structure, regulate moisture content and recover nutrients from decomposition. The Pacific Golden Chanterelle lives off the land with its amazing web of branching, connecting hyphae and in doing so strengthens the surrounding landscape.

Conifer forests once fully covered Burnaby, BC and as early as 5000 years ago this area was the foraging and hunting territory for native aboriginal societies. The Pacific Golden Chanterelle featured in the diets of Coastal First Nations and they remain popular delicacies in locally sourced cuisine today.

Pacific Golden Chanterelle mushrooms still appear in local forests from July to December and are identified by their orangy-yellow colour, meaty texture and funnel-shape. On the underside of the smooth cap, the mushroom has gill-like ridges that run down onto its stipe, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap. The false gills often have a pinkish hue. Chanterelles have a mild, sweet odor, are very high in Vitamin D, Iron, Copper, and Niacin. It is interesting to note that Vitamin D is especially important to humans who live in places that can have low-light conditions.

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Vancouver Networks

Since Settler times the landscape around Burnaby’s Metrotown has been transformed and today it is a busy urban centre and hub for transit and retail. Maps of Metrotown show how it is connected to its neighboring cities and communities by a network of roads, including the historic Kingsway, the Skytrain as well as many bus routes and cycle networks. More detailed maps indicate an additionally complex web of power lines, water lines, and communication networks that interconnect and support city life like a giant hidden organism.

Each pathway and connection provides an opportunity for social interaction and the sharing of ideas. Mycelium like Cantharellus formosus can be understood as an organic metaphor for the interconnected social networks that bind modern urban communities such as Burnaby’s Metrotown area together – each part connected to the next.

 

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