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Engineering artist-in-residence

Germaine Koh, an internationally active, Vancouver-based artist, has been selected as our first-ever Engineering Artist-in-Residence.

Koh will work collaboratively with our team to explore the work of Engineering Services with a specific focus on opportunities for public art within our operations, facilities, and capital construction projects.

She will also identify opportunities for temporary and future artworks that interact with ideas and practices of city planning, infrastructural development, engineering operations, and sustainability.

What's happening

Painting on the Sewer Lines - July 13, 2019

Make your mark by painting on the very pipes that will become part of Nanaimo upgrades project’s new and improved sewer system. 

Paint will be provided, alongside ping pong tables and sidewalk chalk! Earnest Ice Cream will also be on site serving up frozen treats.

The event is designed to give everyone the chance to directly connect with public works and place their own mark on infrastructure that will eventually run right beneath their feet. Local street and mural artists Priscilla Yu and Smokey D will be available to assist with painting and take suggestions from participants.

Demo Model of deconstruction materials

This project uses materials from Vancouver houses deconstructed as part of our Green Demolition by-law to build a small model of what those structures looked like in their prime. The resulting small-scale structure, which will be designed to match the craftsman cottages that once rested on West 19th Ave, will begin its new life as a book depository outside the Zero Waste Centre. 

The model — made possible by material donations from deconstruction contractor UnBuilders and materials recycler Habitat for Humanity ReStore — is meant to simultaneously pay tribute to Vancouver’s heritage and explore the potential for construction material reuse and call attention to the volume of construction waste that could be diverted for upcycling.  

Semi-permanent Sewerscape installation on Charles Street Boulevard – early 2020

This installation will take a piece of the largest pipes used in these infrastructure projects — 140 centimetres in diameter — and nestle it in a green space along the completed Nanaimo St sewer and traffic project. The result, which will have the interior lined with a fine wood, will be part gathering space and part playful street furniture.

Other projects 

Koh is also working on a number of other projects, including artfully-designed electric fast-charging stations and a human-and-solar-powered pedal charging station.

Each of these concepts aims to inspire resident reflection on overall energy use, both personal and utility-based.  

About the artist

Germaine Koh is a Canadian visual artist based in Vancouver known for her work exploring the systems that surround and shape our everyday lives.

Her exhibition history includes, but is not limited to, Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal, The Power Plant in Toronto, and Vancouver’s own Contemporary Art Gallery and Vancouver Art Gallery. 

Formerly an assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Koh was a recipient of the 2010 VIVA Award and a finalist for the 2004 Sobey Art Award.

Learn more about her work