Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Saturday, October 03, 2015
In 2010, Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite commissioned Ken Lum to recreate these shacks to scale in front of the Shangri-la luxury hotel/condo building downtown (From Shangri-la to Shangri-la). In a twist of irony, when the exhibit was over, the Corporate District of North Vancouver saved them from destruction, and eventually installed them at the Maplewood Conservation Area.
Further east, where Cates Park is now, jazz pianist Al Neil (now 90), and sculptor Carole Itter (now 75), have occupied a beached 1930s float home since the 60s. McKenzie Barge let them stay on as night watchmen, but Port Metro Vancouver owns the property and claims the area needs environmental cleanup (before condos can be built). The cabin narrowly escaped demolition and has recently been moved from the area until another location can be found.
Watch the 1972 half hour documentary, Mudflats Living, from the NFB.
Fun fact: Tom Burrows' mother was a family friend and next door neighbour when I was growing up.
Tom Burrows and his son Elisha, December 1971 (Ken Oakes, Vancouver Sun)
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
My latest ear worm.
Final verdict: With all the gates closed, this location would make a perfectly secure Woodbury during the apocalypse. With it's own security team, all it needs is a maniacal Gap manager for Governor. Unfortunately, some might say that it's already been overtaken by zombies.
Monday, September 07, 2015
Let's ride our bikes... To the airport?? Yes, you can cycle over the Arthur Lang Bridge to Sea Island and on to MacDonald Beach and Iona Beach. I wouldn't do it again, but it was interesting to be that close to the planes (plane watchers were set up with lawn chairs on the berm), and to see horses grazing there, and protected marshlands full of herons. Fraser River Park on the Vancouver side is nicer imho (you can see it across the river in the above photo and I wrote about it here.)
Delicious fish n' chips n' beer at Milltown on Richmond Island (which is basically a big parking lot fringed with greenery, with a dry dock, marina, and restaurant). Located at the tip of Marpole, it was originally a sandbar, then a cannery was built on it. In recent years it was used to store finished lumber products. Easy to get to by bike through Shaughnessy's Cypress bikeway.
The ride to Iona was not so pleasant, although there were many cyclists there. Exhausted, we skytrained it home from the kooky new luxury mall. See the madness here if you can stomach it.