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One of my favorite cities in which to go for a long walk is Vancouver, BC. It lends itself to walking because its setting is incredibly beautiful, its architecture interesting, and there’s a lot of fascinating street art you can enjoy. I especially like exploring the harbor area around the new Convention Center and Canada Place.
Situated just outside the Convention Center are several interesting works of art, including Pixel Orca, a massive outdoor piece that definitely catches your eye, partially because it’s framed by beautiful North Vancouver. It’s a reminder that many Orca pods live off the coast of the city (which you might see if you take a guided boat tour).
The Drop resembles a raindrop, but is made of …
When I last visited Vancouver my friend, Harry, took me for a walk around the city to include some of his favorite spots. One of these was this fun statue called A-Maze-ing Laughter. This is a fun bronze created by Yue Minjun in 2009; the piece was loaned to the city for its 2010 Winter Olympic celebrations. The sculpture quickly became very popular with Vancouverites and was purchased and donated to the City of Vancouver by Chip and Shannon Wilson in 2012.
The artwork is located in Morton Park along English Bay and consists of 14 separate figures, each 3 meters tall, each created in the artist’s own image while laughing. There’s a separate concrete bench inscribed, “May this sculpture inspire …
One of my favorite markets anywhere is the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver. Situated on a piece of reclaimed land, it’s become a peninsula and is an island in name only. It adjoins False Creek and Burrard Inlet south of downtown Vancouver and is one of those places everyone visiting Vancouver for a few days should see. It’s not the prettiest setting, not the fanciest facility, but is a colorful venue with a wonderful assortment of food and eateries, and personable vendors (you’d expect no less from Canadians, eh?)
In the early 1900s, Granville Island was an industrial setting and not at all gentrified. The island was home to factories, plants and sawmills. After the second World …
During the past decade or so, I’ve often encountered colorfully painted animal art on the streets of many cities. The plasticized animal varies from town to town — sometimes a bear, sometimes a moose, sometimes a deer. But invariably they’re nice works of art making each of these cities a little more beautiful and interesting.
A few years ago, while visiting Vancouver, I discovered dozens of these killer whale statues around downtown. All were beautifully decorated and each had a unique personality. The water off Vancouver’s coast harbors large numbers of killer whales, so their choice as animal mascot is a good one for the city. These few especially appealed to me — a trio in Vancouver Canuck hockey jerseys (so …