This is an exaggerated tribute to Ken Lum’s Monument to East Vancouver. There’s a 10-story corporate building going up in that location which will obstruct the cross.
Public art has to interact with the surroundings, and the fact that a giant development going up in front of the cross and crowding it out is probably a statement for the times on where the city’s priorities lie.
So whaddyagonnado? I’m gonna paint the world as I’d rather see it.
Still: the way the East Van Cross faces off against the financial centre of Vancouver just over the tracks is perfectly defiant.
Acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 24″
Located at: Private collection