These are 7 of the most photogenic works of street art in Vancouver
Vancouver doesn’t have to try too hard to take a good picture.
It’s like that naturally beautiful friend of yours who looks good, even when they are lacking sleep or battling a cold. It almost doesn’t seem fair. There’s beauty in every corner of this always aesthetically pleasing coastal city, but certain spots in town are even more photogenic than others, mostly thanks to incredibly talented street artists.
Murals are making Vancouver even more photogenic
The annual Vancouver Mural Festival has been making the city more attractive for four years now. This year, the 10-day, festival, organized by Create Vancouver Society, brought over 25 new murals to town, dotted mostly in and around Main Street. This year’s festivities were capped with a massive, family-friendly street party in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, which had live art taking place as well as stages for music, food trucks, dance parties and multiple beer gardens. Not a bad way to celebrate summer in the city.
The mural fest, which started as a grassroots movement to up the artistic and cultural game in Vancouver, has grown into a multi-day gathering that fetes all things street art. Not only that, but various alleys, sides of apartment buildings and even entire facades of large corporations, like HootSuite, are now decorated with bold, colourful designs and imagery that make wandering through the streets more enjoyable than ever. Though the programming for this year’s mural festival is over, visitors and locals alike can still enjoy the public art throughout the city with
We Are All Croutons Floating In Cosmic Soup
Yes this mural is actually called “We Are All Croutons Floating In Cosmic Soup” and yes it’s arguably one of the most bright and uplifting pieces of street art on the list. David Shillinglaw, a British artist based in London, England, brings his talent to the streets of Vancouver in this must-see piece. Check it out for yourself in the alleyway at 1965 Main Street, between East 3rd and East 4th Ave.
Alley Oop is tucked down a once unused alleyway in the heart of the city’s core. Its actual address is at 688 W Hastings Street, though it intersects with Granville Street. The bright pink and orange graphic motifs are a project funded by the Downtown Vancouver BIA (DVBIA). As Charles Gauthier, president of the DVBIA, explained to the CBC, the idea was to transform this particular alley and make it feel more safe for people to walk through. It’s working. This is one of the most photographed street art projects in the city and the alley hosts sporadic dance parties as well as basketball nets for pick-up games.
The only thing Instagram loves more than photos of Frenchie puppies and exotic beach vacations is a brick wall with enormous wings painted on it. This 40-foot by 25-foot mural at the corner of Burrard and West 4th Ave in the heart of Kits is the handiwork of artists Sandy and Steve Pell and it’s one of the more famous places to stop for a snap in this buzzing ’hood.
Findings on Main
Bridal boutique Bello Wedding World has one of the most understated and whimsical works of art painted on the side of its shop. “Findings on Main,” painted by Sarah Delaney during the 2017 Mural Festival, is perfectly fitting for a bridal shop that’s stocked with precious laces, tulles and silks.
Anyone who’s familiar with the Brazilian artists known as OSGEMEOS will immediately recognize their signature style onto the massive silos on Granville Island. The artistic duo, twin brothers named Otavio Pandolfo and Gustavo Pandolfo, have been at the street art game for decades and started painting in 1987. Their a 360-degree murals in Vancouver, titled “Giants,” is spread across six still functioning silos and makes an otherwise boring and industrial area feel vibrant and alive.
North Vancouver might not get as much attention as its neighbour across the water, but Fun Alley in Lower Lonsdale is trying to change that. This rainbow hued space, located at 106 W 1st Street, is as fun to walk through as it is to photograph. Lukas Kasper created the installation over an eight-week period through a program sponsored by the city of North Vancouver called “Studio In The City.”
“Pieces,” though commonly referred to as the “rainbow mural” at 2321 Granville Street in the Fairview neighbourhood is like a kaleidoscopic response to the eagle wings in Kits. The multi-coloured diamonds were originally designed by Ontario-based artist Kristofir Dean, but were painted onto the streets of Vancouver by local artist Milan Basic in 2016. The building where they’re located is slated to be demolished and replaced by condos, so it this is on your bucket list, get to it sooner than later.