Mapping and Marking invited artists to propose artworks based on their own ideas and practices at public sites of their choosing as part of the City of Vancouver’s Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program for the 2010 Winter Games. The concept grew out of one of the key recommendations in the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program Review, which Via authored with Todd W. Bressi and Valerie Otani.
For Mapping and Marking, Via led a team that included Vancouver-based curator Karen Henry and urban planner Joost Bakker. We developed a curatorial focus for the exhibition, asking artists to consider the event’s global attention and respond to the broad concepts of mapping and marking as ways of encouraging exploration and involvement with the city, its inhabitants and the ecological, economic, and social processes that shape Vancouver.
We managed the commissioning of eight established and emerging artists and artist teams who created both temporary and permanent works for the exhibition.
The projects included:
Fiona Bowie, Surface, False Creek Community Centre
Geoffrey Farmer, Every Letter In The Alphabet
Vanessa Kwan, Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver, Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver Central Public Library and Granville Island
Ken Lum, Monument for East Vancouver, Clark Drive and 6th Avenue
David MacWilliam, Kingsway Luminaires, Kingsway at Knight Street
Project Rainbow (Sydney Vermont, Heidi Nutley, Jesse Birch and Jade Boyd), Blue, various locations
Anna Ruth, Sensory Maps of Vancouver, various locations
Paul Wong, 5, various locations