Urban Intervention

June 8, 2013
Presenters Catherine Pulkinghorn, Sandy Chang, Vicky Kim, Heather Mitchell, Adrian Wu, Carter Xin

Community and Public Review

Written By Heather Mitchell

The Artists Walking Home wayfinding team has been working with content generated during the experiences, walks, workshops and urbanist co-research we conducted in Yaletown during 2012, reviewing this master planned site in relation to actual community usage. On June 8, 2013 Catherine, Carter, Sandy, Adrian, Heather, and Vicky shared our first draft of a series of maquettes developed specifically for the park intervention, interpreting the actions and activities of wayfinders in Yaletown. The signage images present actual people who we photographed making their ways around the neighbourhood (socializing, exercising, playing, noticing, transiting, living, and creating), alongside accompanying text. The series of maquettes includes:

dog walker
view point
be prepared to stop
run don't walk
swing by
please loiter
speed limit
tow zone
pass with care
proceed with caution
share the road
find your way
buckle up
go for it!

If you happened to be in David Lam Park on the Saturday, June 8th to witness the water show or to enjoy the sunny weather, you might have been a voluntary participant in the Artists Walking Home Wayfinding Intervention. Staked out along the borders of the pedestrian Vancouver Sea Wall were twenty brightly colored red and blue circular signs, disarranged in an unmanicured fashion. Each individual sign displayed both an image of an everyday activity in the neighborhood as well as a phrase on its reverse face, relating to the iconic image. This polka-dotted scene of red and blue had no difficulty getting the attention of unsuspecting pedestrians, cyclists, and soccer players; raising many eyebrows and turning many heads. Many of those intrigued by the activity decided to take a break in their journey to investigate the scene further. Our team of six local artists/designers was on site that afternoon wearing bright orange safety vests and clutching note pads eager to answer questions and record responses from the curious participants. The signage brought out reflective thinking amidst the visitors who took part in the activity through their spontaneous interaction with the installation and their further engagement with our team. They became more aware of their own actions in public as well as the actions of the others who shared the same busy strip of seawall at the David Lam Park.

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