By Steve Newton
The Vancouver Mural Festival has announced that–in partnership with Nicola Wealth Real Estate and The Narrow Group–it is reimagining Mount Pleasant’s City Centre Motel into a temporary landmark community art space.
“The project seeks to be a model for arts-driven placemaking and a vision for how underused and transitional space can be reimagined and repurposed for community well-being,” reads a VMF news release issued today.
As part of the building’s exterior transformation, a full-wrap mural covering over 30,000 square feet has been designed collaboratively by local artists Fiona Ackerman, KC Hall, and Joon Lee. According to the artists, the mural is “a mirror of what the City Centre Artist Lodge aspires to be: artists discovering each others’ working processes, being pushed in unexpected directions, and working alongside each other to shape this city.”
On June 25 and 26 the City Centre Block Party will see the official unveiling of the mural amid a weekend of free, all-ages entertainment, including open artist studios, a licensed bar, food trucks, and kids’ activities.
“Our programming is designed to create layered interactions between art, people and place to highlight Vancouver’s diverse creative community, while inviting the public to experience a shared sense of belonging through participation, exploration and play,” says VMF senior project manager Nickolas Collinet in the press release.
For more info on the City Centre Motel project visit the Vancouver Mural Festival website here.