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Rain paint idea contest to help Vancouver sing in the rain

Residents encouraged to submit ideas for designs

July 17 2018 –

You  are invited to celebrate our rain by sharing ideas for designs you'd like to see appear on the ground in public spaces during Vancouver's rainy months—it's just one way we're working to create a city that sings in the rain!

The contest invites ideas that will brighten up our city and add a bit more fun to our public spaces every time it rains, with categories that celebrate some of Vancouver's best qualities:

  • Public space
  • Sustainability and resiliency
  • Our relationship to water

What is rain paint?

Rain paint is special paint that that is applied to concrete and can only be seen when the concrete becomes wet. The paint can be applied to streets and public spaces and typically last three months.

Locations and themes for design

Three locations have been selected throughout Vancouver for the rain paint designs. Each location celebrates a rain and water related theme and provides an opportunity for residents to travel into different neighbourhoods around town:

Location Theme
Helena Gutteridge Plaza Public space
63rd and Yukon Green infrastructure
Olympic Village Water quality

Submit ideas

Submissions can take the form of:

  • Drawings
  • Poems
  • Games
  • Concepts
  • Any other idea that can inspire a rain paint stencil

Submit ideas

The contest closes August 17, 2018

How submissions will be selected

Winning submissions will be chosen by designer Jeff Kulak in partnership with City of Vancouver's Engineering artist-in-residence, Germaine Koh.

Rain paint stencils will be designed by Jeff Kulak using the winning ideas as inspiration.

When the designs will appear

You can expect to see rain paint designs appear in public spaces starting in fall 2018.