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Human Structures will prevail

Human Structures, a sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky, is depicted here in False Creek’s Hinge Park facing Habitat Island, an urban sanctuary for local flora and fauna. B.C. Place is in the background lit with the colours of the French flag. The sculpture is both physical and metaphysical. Physically, it’s composed of 64 painted and moulded…

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Portal into fall

This magnificent portal is located on the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park, just 15 minutes drive from Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. King bequeathed his estate to all Canadians. Mackenzie King was our 10th and longest serving prime minister – for 22 years, during the 1920’s through the 1940’s. Aside from his political life, he loved…

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Mooning

The moon is our nearest heavenly body and, as such, has played a pivotal role in human existence influencing tides, farming, divination, lovers, body cycles and much more. It’s important in romantic songs, such as Blue Moon. A Blue Moon is also the event of having an extra full moon in one of the four…

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The Little House That Could

This charming 127-year-old yellow house at 1380 Hornby St. has witnessed much of Vancouver’s dynamic history. George Leslie House was built in the late 1800’s by its first owner George Leslie. It’s a rare local example of the Queen Anne style. Not only is it one of the earliest houses in Vancouver, but it is…

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A shucking good time!

A trip to Gibsons, BC on Saturday, September 12, provided the opportunity to discover Shuckfest 2015, the 4th annual outdoor festival celebrating food, drink and music. Presented by Smitty’s Oyster House and the Rotary Club of Gibsons, part of the proceeds go to the local St. Bart’s Food Bank. Another purpose of the festival is…

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As Above, So Below

Here we view the reconstruction of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s (VAG’s) membrane on Georgia St. It is part of the on-going maintenance we have seen around other parts of the gallery, as well as Robson Square and Vancouver’s Provincial Courthouse. As the signs around the outside of the gallery indicate, this work will most importantly…

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Musette Caffe

Musette may seem a curious name for a bike café unless you are into following bike races. In this case, a musette is a small lightweight cotton shoulder bag filled with food and drink for racing cyclists. It’s grabbed by a moving rider, contents removed and then discarded. In late 19th century France, a musette…

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The Ferryman

Meet Tim Doyle, the owner/operator of Greylag Boat Tours running out of Cowichan Bay, B.C.. Tim had had a wonderful career as a shipwright, building and repairing boats for 40 years, mostly in the Lower Mainland. His passion was to build wooden boats but unfortunately the practice was fading just as he was starting his…

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Breaking the Paddle

Perseverance, the painting featured in the photo, was one of many artworks at the June 13 festival: Toast the Coast Before the Coast is Toast. It was held at Jericho Beach to celebrate our beautiful coastline beaches and keep them free of oil spills. The event was sponsored by Greenpeace along with about 24 partner…

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InsideOut

Parcours Lumière sur l’art: Art Light Path is an outdoor installation on Avenue Cartier in the heart of Quebec City which opened in December 2014. It consists of 34 giant cylindrical lampshades backlit with LED strips. Each shade is five feet high and eight feet in diameter displaying the artworks of Québecois artists Fernand Leduc…

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A recent trip to Boston’s North Square

The man dressed in 18th century American costume is standing in historic North Square, an integral part of the North End district in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s the city’s oldest residential community having been settled in the 1630s. The North End, and North Square in particular, was home to crucial events and influential people in early…

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Shore to Shore

Shore to Shore is an amazing sculpture with an equally amazing history. The official unveiling was in Brockton Point, Stanley Park on April 25, 2015. The artist is Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston, an accomplished young Coast Salish artist who lives in Ladysmith, B.C. The history of Shore to Shore begins with Luke’s great great grandfather Joe…

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Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria

Vibrant, colourful, filled with restaurants, fishing boats, pleasure boats and floating homes. Rent kayaks, go whale watching, feed harbour seals. All this and more is Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf. And it’s just a 10 minute walk from Victoria’s Inner Habour or can be accessed by a Harbour Ferry from in front of the Empress Hotel. You…