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Platforms 2016: Coastal City

Outdoor art exhibition of temporary print and video works premiering each month from May to October 2016

Celebrating and investigating the Coastal City

Our Public Art Program marks its 25th anniversary with a series of 15 2-D artworks that celebrate and investigate the “Coastal City”:

  • The border between land and sea
  • The designation of boundaries and life in a region near the shore
  • The changing land and ocean-scape
  • The influx of people and goods
  • The unique ecosystems, challenge, and opportunities
  • The circumstances that make coastal cities such as Vancouver unique

Look for the artworks on the following 2-D platforms:

  • Videos on screens Downtown at Granville and Robson, CBC, TELUS Gardens, Terry Fox Plaza, VanCity Theature, and the Cinematheque
  • Posters at bus shelters
  • Walls at Vancouver City Centre Canada Line Station and Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

View a map of artwork locations

Members of our vibrant creative community proposed the artworks in response to an open call. They offer unique perspectives on this place, ranging from digital and painterly abstraction to documentation of urban spaces; from highlighting lifestyle choices to social alienation; from specific histories to imaginative interventions.

Why Platforms?

  • To provide public art opportunities for artists who work in two-dimensional imagery 
  • To aspire to high calibre artworks in the context of international art practices
  • To contribute to a stimulating public realm and enrich the experience of the city

Current works

Past works


View the goals, eligibility, selection criteria, budget, and key dates for Platforms 2016: Coastal City.

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