Posted on June 11, 2015

Public Art: An Essential Component in Creating Communities

Part of transforming urban living is incorporating cultural elements for the public to enjoy. In Metro Vancouver, public art has become an essential component of creating communities.

Station Square in Metrotown has just completed the first of several art installations. It is on the southern face of Burnaby’s Central Boulevard and will catch the eyes of passengers arriving to the bustling Metrotown SkyTrain Station.

The piece is a sequined wall panel measuring 16 feet high and 120 feet long. To combine functionality and beauty, the artwork is integrated into the façade. The art is the work of Instant Coffee Collective, an artist collective based in Vancouver and Toronto.

Over the next several years, thoughtfully-selected public art pieces, from functional to large-scale and iconic, will be integrated into Station Square’s public spaces. The first four artworks will be positioned at Station Square’s most public entrances. Each piece will take into consideration the distinct character of the transit-oriented development’s entryways.

Another piece currently in the works for Station Square was designed by renowned artist Al McWilliams. Working with something as simple as a chair, McWilliams crafted a bronze sculpture that appears to defy gravity. The sculpture is designed to be positioned at Station Square’s pedestrian level to allow for direct interaction with the art piece.

Art can express community values and transform a landscape. Beedie Living is dedicated to creating public art at its homes. At our development, The Austin in Coquitlam, we’ve incorporated a light-weight, stainless steel hydrangea petal in the fireplace wall, which can be seen from Blue Mountain Street and Austin Avenue. Artist Mia Weinberg envisioned the petal representing the transformation of Austin Heights. The leaf resembles maps of urban subdivisions and can be seen as a metaphor for the vision of Coquitlam’s Citywide Official Community Plan.