Stanley Park Christmas Train, Lost Lagoon Fountain Lights, and Carol Ships Vancouver Harbour (2010) by artist and illustrator George McLachlan.
The Stanley Park Christmas train runs December 5 through January 5, though it is closed Christmas Day. Tickets are available here at Ticketmaster with some reserved at the gates, but I would say advance tickets are a must (the time slots have a tendency to sell out very quickly). More from the City of Vancouver website:
Entrance to the Bright Nights Train Plaza is by donation (you don’t need to purchase train tickets to see the holiday lights)…Train tickets are sold in half-hour time slots. Several trains will depart within each time slot. Avoid the crowds and come out Monday to Thursday in the first two weeks…
Happy Holiday Travels!
The Carrall Street Gas Plant, an illustrated booklet showing the operations of the new Carrall Street gas plant illustrated by KEN and published by BC Electric in 1932. I believe the plant went into service in 1933, and the plant obtained gas from coal until some time in the 1960s? I’m not sure; not much has been written about this former Vancouver landmark. If anyone knows, feel free to comment. The current Georgia Street viaducts were built over top of the site in 1972. This has left something of a toxic legacy, as stated on page 11 of this PDF report on the Georgia Street viaducts.
The activities and wastes associated with this former gas plant have significantly influenced the environmental conditions in the area, and will be an important factor in future remediation planning.
This comment by Alex Mackinnon noted on the Skyscraperpage bulletin board sums up the problem:
I was talking to Andy with Bing Thom at the Viaducts or Viadon’ts event, and according to him, the land underneath the viaduct in 1986 was estimated to cost $180M to rehabilitate due to contamination issues from the coal gas plant that used to occupy the site. CPI adjusted this is $372M in 2012 dollars.
While the industrial waste has left it’s toxic mark in the soil, it also affected the city skyline for many years with this ginormous gasometer jutting out of False Creek. I’ve decided to include a photograph from the Vancouver Archives just to give you an impression of the scale of this structure. You can also see the silo in the top left of the Goranson/Fisher/Hughes mural here. And Tom Carter seems to recall someone - probably Arthur Irving - said the whole city smelled like coal gas while it was being demolished.
KEN illustrated a number of other BC Electric pamphlets and brochures, but I have yet to determine who he actually was. He’s a pretty good draftsman, so I’d like to know more about him! Thanks again to Neil Whaley for contributing this brochure image!
Aaron Chapman recently came across a piece of vintage Vancouver in his family papers. The print was created by his mother Evadna Chapman, a Vancouver artist in the 1970s and 1980s. About the work, he writes:
[Above is] an old photograph that my late mother took of downtown Vancouver from across the water at Stanley Park, and an illustration she later did. She silk screened the art on a number of hand made greeting cards…
Coal Harbour had been home to an eclectic assortment of squatter shacks and boathouses for many years, until around 1955, when these homes were removed and replaced with the Vancouver Yacht Club Marina. Michael Kluckner talks about this time in his gentrification talk at about 9 minutes 30 seconds here.
Vancouver, Gateway to the Orient, a bicycle registration decal. On April 22, 1963, Bryan registered his bicycle, but for some reason or other, the bike vanished and the decal was never applied. Now, 50 years later, I present to you bicycle registration number 14414.
At the time, bicycle registration was 50¢, subject to renewal each year. If you sold or gave away your bicycle, you were to mail the certificate to the bike registration depot on 2512 Yukon Street. If your bike was lost or stolen, you would immediately report your bike to the police with this certificate. Given that these registration decals were more like temporary tattoos, I can’t imagine they were very effective.
Today, the VPD recommends you engrave your bike with your DL or provincial ID number with their Log it or Lose it campaign. Alternatively, I believe it was the Kryptonite lock company who created Bikeshepherd.org and sister site Bikerevolution.ca which offer an updated version of bike registration. You can register online for free in their global bike database. You can also purchase 3 tamper-resistant decals for $14.95 which contain QR codes. These codes can rapidly assist anyone linking a found bike to an online directory of missing bikes.
What does the future hold? Well, there’s a whole host of new smart bike tools emerging as we speak; I just found these three on Kickstarter for instance. Oh, and another one! We haven’t quite gotten to the stage where lost bikes will automatically return themselves to their owners, but we’re getting closer.
The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, a pen & ink with watercolour submitted by Brian Hebb. Brian writes: “The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium was brand-new when I lived in Vancouver in 1968. Now, this great building is the Space Centre and the Museum of Vancouver. The big crab sculpture sits in a fountain outside the Space Centre/Museum of Vancouver. It’s a wonderful statue of shinny stainless steel sculpted by George Norris for Canada’s centennial year. I painted it yellow to depict the golden hue it exudes in the sunshine.”
You may have noticed the crab was removed recently this year for the upcoming Disney movie Tomorrowland. Here you can see the crab being returned to it’s place.
Kitsilano illustrated by Ken Steacy, a special ghoulish and dystopian Halloween edition! This illustration was created for the first issue of Vancouver Magazine in the new millennium, January/February 2000. This was the second issue of the magazine that Douglas Coupland guest edited. There were four illustrations that accompanied an article titled: Vancouver’s future - will it be beauty and brains or dumb and scum? Most likely a mixture. Four illustrators report back. Ken tells me his contribution was the most dystopic; the caption read:
Kitsilano, Cornwall and Yew. March 47, 2048, 853 GTX. Complete ecological and political failure: melted ice caps; a botched hepatitis-K vaccine; mass extinction. Moral Cleansing squads sent by a fiat U.S. government invade Kits to snuff out marijuana smokers and render extinct Vancouver’s 10-storey-high “Superpot” trees - a geneticists’ blend of cannabis, timber bamboo, Douglas fir and bermuda grass - that have overrun virtually all other vegetation.
Thanks for the backstory, Ken!
Vancouver from Little Mountain, Peter Ewart’s contribution to the Expo 86 poster collection. Thanks to Christopher for sending me this image in the comments a while back! Since then, I’ve made contact with Peter Ewart’s daughter, who provided me with the flanking two images that made up this panoramic tryptic view of Vancouver. I’ve stitched together the three images to give an impression of the complete image. A lovely scene from a lovely vantage point in the city!
Here’s a reblog of a remarkable Vancouver tattoo via Vancouverisawesome.com:
Vancouver Ink: Lydia DeCarllo’s tattoos of the Art Gallery, Hotel Vancouver and Chinatown
Today we’re sharing Lydia DeCarllo’s VERY Vancouver pieces on her arm that she sent in.
Hello, I had a friend tell me you were doing pieces on Vancouver tattoos. Here is mine; it is the Hotel Vancouver at the top, underneath that the Vancouver Art Gallery fountain, below that is our gates to our China town. You can not see the inside but there is Gastown and the coaster from Playland as well.
- Lydia DeCarllo
Photo by @aspiringmedia
Lydia mentioned to me the tattoo was done by Mike Prior at Lady Luck Tattoo in Langley. She also commented how the piece is personally important to her because it was her great grandfather Wesley Gillis who was very involved in the construction of the art gallery fountain. An epic tribute, indeed!
Cambie and W Cordova by Kyle Balluff. Fantastic palette!
IMG_1389 by kballuff on Flickr.
Sewn art series from Sarah Mulder. The first two tapestries feature the iconic Woodwards W, and the third features PNE and Playland. Don’t forget, it’s the last weekend of the PNE!
Spanish Banks #SARAHFOUGERE #Black&YellowGallery #3 #oil from life painting (at Spanish Banks Beach Park)
Sarah’s portrait series is now at the half way mark, and fyi you can now bid on her landscapes here. Visit 602 E Hastings Street to see the artist at work!
Last week I wrapped up another comic course at VanArts. As usual, not everyone completely finished their four pages but I think they all walked away with a smile on their face and some knowledge in their noggin. I gotta say, it does feel good that many of my students express real gratitude for the things they’ve learned in my class. Most often it’s a variation of “I didn’t realize just how much thinking and hard work goes into making comics.” It’s true. Comics can be fun but it’s not always easy. My main goal with the course has always been to shed light on the process and possible storytelling hurdles so that the students don’t have to learn everything through their own slow trial-and-error.
If you want to be part of the next group, the time to sign up is now! My next Introduction to Comic Book Production course is scheduled to start up on Sept 3rd at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) and we still need a few more students to make it happen. It’s a 12-week course that runs on Monday nights (or Tuesday if there’s a holiday). I take my students through the process of writing, thumbnailing, penciling, inking and lettering a four-page comic. There’s a strong emphasis on clear storytelling, in addition to teaching all the other things I’ve learned during my thirteen years as a comic book artist.
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the course. Or head over to the VanArts website to register now:
Update! New start date for this comic book class at VanArts. Tell all your aspiring cartoonist friends in the #Vancouver area that they’ve got another week to sign up! Start date will be Sept 9th. Update via flickr