Call to Artists

Celebrate a work of art
with a work of art


Burrard Bridge 1932   Burrard Bridge 2007   Burrard Bridge Next

1932                                     2007                                     Next

A Heritage Vancouver Event

Sunday, August 26th, 2007
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sunset Meadows


On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary, artists and photographers are invited to display a work of art, and create a work of art, to celebrate a work of art, - the Burrard Street Bridge. Bring a work of art you feel is evocative of the Burrard Street Bridge, and create a new work of art with an opportunity to display and sell at Heritage Vancouver's Annual General Meeting at the Vancouver Museum on October 18th 2007. You can let us know you are coming by email at rsvp@vancouvercommunityforums.com. You can let others know by forwarding this invitation to them.

Over its 75-year life span this art deco bridge has evoked a wide range of artistic expression, reflections and memories. On Sunday, August 26th, artists, community leaders, elected officials, and members of the public will have an opportunity to share their photographs, paintings, poems, memories, reflections and ideas about the Burrard Street Bridge on the grassy area known as Sunset Meadows immediately to the west of the bridge at the Aquatic Centre.

Why

Over the last 15 years the City of Vancouver has been exploring ways to increase the capacity of the bridge. Currently the City is working on a detailed design of a sidewalk expansion on this iconic Art Deco landmark.

The plans are to create new sidewalks on cantilevered outrigger structures, adding appendages slicing horizontally across the bridge's architectural features that would radically alter the bridge's appearance. The existing railings would be demolished to make way for new railings pushed out to the edges of the new sidewalks. Without its original railings, the bridge would lose its strong edges and its defining architectural features would be isolated in a broad expanse of pavement.

The issue is how to accommodate increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians without compromising the heritage architecture and iconic status of the bridge and disfiguring this civic landmark.

Click here for a view of the future for the world-renowned Burrard Street Bridge.

More information is available at www.heritagevancouver.org

Celebration co-hosted by


Westend Business Improvement Association       Heritage Vancouver       Vancouver Community Forums


Downtown Vancouver Association     Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association     West End Citizens Action Network