This 3 kilometer walk takes you through many of the recent developments, parks and community amenities that make up Yaletown. While you travel along streets and walking paths, take in the public art, culture and the surprisingly peaceful atmosphere just steps from the heart of downtown Vancouver.
|Elevation Change||16 m|
This walk begins at the historic and cultural centre of the Yaletown area, the Roundhouse Community Centre. From this central location you'll travel along streets, take in several large downtown parks and enjoy the atmosphere surrounding Vancouver's famous seawall. Perodically stop and enjoy the scenic views and lust green spaces as you take in some of the great art installations along this route.
This route is made up of city sidewalks, paved walking and cycling paths with only a small incline.
Points of interest
- watch yOUR step
- Perennials and Ring Gear
- Coopers Mews and Untitled Fountain
- Lookout and Street Light
- Welcome to the Land and Light
- Brush with Illumination
- Marking High Tide and Waiting for Low Tide
- Red Horizontal
- Footprints and Passwords
- Terra Nova
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Mosaics depicting colourful motifs were designed by groups of young people with the guidance of Artistic Director Leah Decter. They were designed for four sites: Downtown South Park, Gathering Place Community Centre, the Roundhouse, and David Lam Park. Decter had assistance from Dan Hill and Valerie Methot and the youth team members Stephen Blackwater, Matt Ellis, Jessie Ford, Alex Irvine, and Ally Niell with some help from Twitchy. Early planning participants included Speedy, Babette, Gabe, Sky, Twitchy, Michelle, and Kris. The works were created by the team members, street youth participants and other community members.
Perennials and Ring Gear
Ring Geer - Maker Unknown
The 8 metre high gear is installed as a monument to commemorate the designers and builders of the many bridges across False Creek. The gear was part of the second Cambie Bridge (or Connaught Bridge) which opened in 1911 and remained in service until 1984. Installed on the centre pier, the gear supported the steel truss swing span.
Coopers Mews and Untitled Fountain
Untitled Fountain - Al McWilliams
A low black granite “lotus” radiating from a round centre ring sits in the middle of a long narrow pool. Water spills out over the stylized petals, falling from between the serrated points into the pool below. The full flower is visible from the apartments above. The lotus form honours the history of Chinese immigrants and their contribution to the railway and the industries around False Creek. Three black granite circles are inset into the white concrete around the pool. These rings echo the Ring Gear on Pacific Boulevard.
Lookout and Street Light
Street Light - Bernie Miller and Alan Tregebov
Six 12-metre high bronze I-beam towers each hold up an image from the history of the area cut into a metal plate. The plates cast the shadow of the image onto the street. Texts etched in the limestone bases refer to the events relevant to the site. The positioning of the panels has been carefully calculated so that their optimum contrast and focus on the street is the month, date, and time that the event occurred. For example, if the sun is shining just before noon on June 17, the projected image of Vancouver's "Great Fire" will be visible on the promenade below.
Welcome to the Land and Light
Welcome to Land and Light - Henry Tsang
Aluminum letters spelling out phrases in Chinook (an early coastal trading language) and English are placed along the railing of the sea wall in two parallel lines. Coloured light pulses through an inset fibreoptic cable in the sidewalk directly below the letters.
Brush with Illumination
Brush with Illumination - Buster Simpson
An illuminated environmentally interactive "brush" responds to wind, tide, and wave action, and rests on a steel piling balanced by two large spun steel buoys. The brush moves with the currents.
Marking High Tide and Waiting for Low Tide
Marking High Tide and Waiting for Low Tide - Don Vaughn
There are two sculptural elements along the shore of False Creek and below the pump station: a circle of stones and a concrete ring resting on columns. There is a text inscribed on the inside of the concrete ring.
Red Horizontal - Gisele Amantea
Artist statement - "Red porcelain enamel panels are embedded in the upper portion of concrete benches that run along a portion of the seawall. In cooperation with area residents, photographs were taken of the interior spaces of the apartments, condominiums, lofts or seniors' housing. These photographs were then arranged into a number of different sequences and appear as transparent halftone images layered on the red panels. A total of 257 photographs appear in the work, 29 of which are repeated."
Khenko - Doug Taylor
Artist Statement - “During the industrial era of False Creek, many fish and wildlife left the area. The piece celebrates the heron's return to False Creek as a symbol of hope and restoration. The main focus of my practice, as a sculptor, has been to build kinetic assemblages which are in some way moved by the wind or water. The presence of a whimsical element is signature to my work and in part accounts for it’s popularity with children. I often combine folk art sensibility and hi-tech mechanics to thematically explore the relationships between society, technology, and the environment. I then relate this sculptural practice to the specific demands of public art. “
Footprints and Passwords
Passwords - Alan Storey
Four sets of 4 letters rotate to form random words. The letters are installed in the 3 exhaust vents from the underground parkade and turn with the outflow of the exhaust fans.
Terra Nova - Richard Prince
Terra Nova has two main parts: a) the Theatre of Discovery, a bronze curtain and hoop attached to the exterior wall of the Roundhouse b) the Cone of Analysis resting on the plaza walkway below the wall - a large bronze cone which appears to be cut into parts, the nose of the cone is on a cart.