If you’re a commuter in Vancouver, you might have noticed that several transit hubs around the city have recently got a splash of colour, and there could be more on the way.
This week, station upgrades at New Westminster’s 22nd Street Station were completed, and along with them were a few artistic additions to the station, in the form of several circular panels along the wall of the large planter at the center of the bus exchange bay. The panels consist of painting of various phytoplankton, inhabitants of the nearby Fraser River, as well as a haiku.
The entire collection is titled Wander: Toward a Lightness of Being, and was created by Laiwan, an artist who was born in Zimbabwe to Chinese parents whom immigrated to Canada when she was 16.
This comes after upgrades at Joyce-Collingwood Station were completed in June, and along with it: Carpeting, a mosaic of bright, pastel-coloured squares and rectangles that spreads along the cement walls and ground around the station. Carpeting was created by Renée Van Halm, originally from the Netherlands and also now based in Vancouver.
More To Come?
When reached for comment, Translink told 604 Now that “all public-facing facilities receiving upgrades or repairs of at least $1 million in implementation costs will receive public artwork”, as part of the transportation provider’s Public Art Policy.
This means that if a station near you is due for an upgrade, there’s a good chance that the service upgrades will come paired with new public art.
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22nd Street Station’s upgrade costed $2.8 million and also included lighting improvements, a widened waiting area with additional seating, and a charging station for new battery-powered buses. The exchange was built over 30 years ago and serves upwards of 9,000 people each weekday.
Joyce-Collingwood Station’s makeover unveiled last month included an upgraded escalator and elevator, real-time service information, improved lighting, and design features that support crime prevention. The project costed $19 million, with funding split between Translink (17%), the Province of British Columbia (33%), and the Government of Canada (50%).
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