Re-IMAGE-n-ing Monuments, Music, and Histories in Public Spaces

Explore Histories + Public Art Where We Live

How well do you REALLY know your neighbourhood and city? By signing up at vbbike.ca, discover SHANGHAI ALLEY and HOGAN’S ALLEY, 2 of 18 neighbourhoods whose histories and architecture may surprise even the most knowledgeable of urban explorers. Each route we’ve designed for the BIKEnnale/WALKennale invites you to explore our city’s diverse neighbourhoods, all anchored by key Vancouver Biennale artworks, iconic architecture, and layers of history.

TRANS AM TOTEM by Marcus Bowcott is one of the most recent Legacy Artworks located along a busy downtown street near Chinatown and False Creek. This towering sculpture of classic cars was inspired by the cycle of production and consumerism of our era. Car culture of the 1970s led to the construction of the Georgia Viaduct overpass—but at what cost? This neighbourhood, then known as Hogan’s Alley, had been a vital and vibrant Black community in Vancouver until it was displaced by the construction of the viaduct “in the name of progress.” Visit Black Strathcona and Hogan’s Alley Society to find out more about the area’s Black roots and the ongoing efforts to recognize this recent history.

Learn more about the Vancouver Biennale artworks and the layers of history that surround them, while riding or walking with us on any of the SIX SUNDAYS THIS SUMMER (July 26th through August 30th). Join the conversation through our event’s app and be entered to win a multitude of prizes each Sunday. There are so many stories that public art can bring to life: dialogue fosters education, and education is a catalyst for change.

Sign up for the BIKEnnale/WALKennale at vbbike.ca.


Re-IMAGE-n-ing Public Monuments for the Future

Monuments have made global news in recent weeks. They have become sites of protest and resistance and, in some cases, have been torn down. How can public art, monuments and public spaces be rethought in our current time? Canadian-born artist Ken Lum and historian Paul Farber have been exploring these questions these past few weeks. Together they are co-founders of Monument Lab in Philadelphia where they work with museums and municipal governments in cities across the United States and Europe to reconsider the role of monuments in public spaces.

What might the future of public monuments look like?

Read Lum and Farber’s column in Art Forum magazine.

Listen to their discussion about the role of public art in representing society here in the June 26th episode of the History Is Not the Past podcast.

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