This is an article about the outcome of the cultural policies adopted by Vancouver City Council in the 80s, which led to it becoming a Capital of Culture visited every year by over three million people who want to enjoy Vancouver’s rich cultural scene including 1700 festivals and 750 music and theatre events.
The City Council strategy was based on integrating culture in all aspects of city planning and promoting and funding the highest levels of creativity while encouraging participation and ‘culture creation’ by city residents in all their diversity.
The end result was a strong presence of art in many everyday urban spaces both public and private.
During the Olympic and Paralympics Games in 2010 a project was commissioned to map all the cultural events in public spaces which were a part of the Olympic cultural programme. They included: A bicycle parking solar tree which doubles as a street lamp; ‘The Flow’ project which shows round the clock scenes from everyday city life and different parts of town; the ‘Park’ project where familiar objects ‘draped in a cloth’ were made of stainless steel and placed in several locations alongside a street and the ‘Welcome Gate’ which aimed to greet visitors and demonstrate the interlinking of aboriginal and modern cultures.
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