Mural Search – Mount Pleasant

After walking from the Olympic Village and snaking my way up to Broadway, I finally went south of Broadway. The Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) was my first stop.

This small art gallery had been done up in mostly graffiti style murals, but there was at least one First Nations themed piece and one that I can’t quite describe.

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Mural Search – South Main

The mural search took a huge detour for lunch. I found myself at the Starbucks at the very edge of the Olympic Village. All I had was my iPhone and the Starbucks app to pay for food and drink. At least I had something.


I also decided to open up my Pokemon GO to see if anything was going on in the hood. That’s when I realized there was a blooming triple-lure spot. Couldn’t help but plunk myself in the Bird Plaza for about an hour to rest up my feet before setting out for more murals ūüėõ

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Mural Search – False Creek Flats


South of the Main Street SkyTrain Station and Terminal Avenue, one can find a collection of the newest murals in Vancouver. If you don’t mind walking off the beaten path into the industrial False Creek Flats, you will be duly rewarded with artful surprises. Look for the Fontile Kitchen & Bath & Store and the Tim Horton’s. Those two business mark the southern corners of Station Street and Terminal Avenue. Head south until you find the giant red/peach mural on a warehouse wall on the west side of the street. Stand there and get to “Knot Yourself.”

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Station Street – North of Terminal Ave

The Vancouver Mural Festival had taken place on August 20. I didn’t have time to go out and take in all the murals that day. However, the Friday after I went in search of the murals on a hot and sunny¬†morning.


I got off the SkyTrain at Main Street Station and went north thinking there might be some murals between the SkyTrain and the viaducts. At least that’s what the Vancouver Mural Festival map suggested to me.

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Remo Camerota’s Drainspotting

I came across an interesting article in the local Vancouver Chinese newspaper.¬† The colourful photos of manhole covers caught my attention.¬† And the photo of the British born, Australian artist, Remo Camerota, exhibiting his work in Hong Kong also caught my attention. Camerota was recently hired by Hong Kong’s Towngas to design a unique manhole pit cover for the company.¬† He released a book on … Continue reading Remo Camerota’s Drainspotting

Walking Boston – MIT

After WardMaps, an adventure in desperately seeking restrooms, and an hour at a Starbucks in Central Square, I started to make my way to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).¬† I was determined to walk the campuses of Harvard and MIT in one day.¬† They are two of the top universities in the entire world. On my way to MIT, I actually bumped into one … Continue reading Walking Boston – MIT

Now that is totally different

Steeles West subway station gets hip, downtown facade – 10 for creativity and being different.¬† I have no idea what number I’d give for liking it.¬† One thing for sure – it is different.¬† I wonder if folks out along Steeles Avenue will appreciate this one.¬† The new Steeles West Station is designed by Will Alsop.¬† The same British architect that came up with … Continue reading Now that is totally different

Giant Rubber Duck takes Osaka

Have you seen a giant yellow 10 metre tall floating and inflatable rubber duck in your waters?¬† If you were in Osaka, Japan from August to September this year, you would have definitely seen one floating about in the river in Osaka.¬† The Rubber Duck Project 2009 was a part of the larger Aqua Metropolis Osaka celebrations this year and Nederland in Japan promotion. It’s … Continue reading Giant Rubber Duck takes Osaka

Nuit Blanche TTC Pass

scotiabank nuit blanche – October 3, 2009 For all you lucky Torontonians, Nuit Blanche is coming up on October 3, 2009.¬† It’s a “free all night contemporary art thing.”¬† Last fall, I lucked out being in Halifax for their all night art thing called Nocturne. Toronto seems to have a lot more of these neat public art events.¬† Illuminato was a big event back in … Continue reading Nuit Blanche TTC Pass

New take on the public washroom

CTV British Columbia- Vancouver architect proud of his public pissoir – CTV News, Shows and Sports — Canadian Television. Here’s an interesting new piece of public infrastructure – a public outdoor pissoir.¬† Definitely a bold new step for any city.¬† Perhaps our Downtown Eastside could use one of these.¬† However, you’re likely to get somebody shooting up in one of these just as likely as … Continue reading New take on the public washroom