Canadian Landmarks & ArchitectureJuly 8, 2020
As times, seasons and skylines change, we take comfort in familiar landmarks and architecture. Not only do they remind us of where we’ve come from, but through their innovation, they can help inspire and drive us into the future. The Week 5 Gallery is as varied as ever. We’d encourage you to go and check out the myriad of phenomenal art you’ve been submitting and in the meantime, here’s a small selection.
Donna Johnson – Shucking House, Pender Harbour BC
The Oyster Bay Oyster Company’s long-retired oyster shucking house is a Pender Harbour, BC landmark. Surrounded by fifty years’ worth of discarded oyster shells, this rustic old building has seen many changes in the surrounding area, as small cabins and net sheds have been gradually replaced by large, luxurious homes. Oysters were farmed here from the early 1930s to the early 1980s, after which the bay became too polluted to continue harvesting. This oil painting is a tribute to the hard-working and innovative local population.
Gabby Diaconu, Granville Island, Vancouver BC
Granville Island views never get old, especially in times of so much uncertainty and change. It’s comforting to take an extra minute and be thankful for all of the beauty we are still able to enjoy. This iconic landmark that supports local shops and businesses is one of my favourite places.
Franz Feigl – Art Gallery Of Alberta, Edmonton AB
I was born in Germany. My first visit to Canada in the early 1980s was a trip to Edmonton. I immigrated a few years later and have lived in Vancouver ever since. I loved Edmonton then and I still love Edmonton today. Whenever an opportunity arises I continue to visit the city. The Art Gallery of Alberta is one of my favourite buildings and in my opinion a true Canadian landmark.
Jess Barry – Bedrock Village, Maillardville BC
Did you grow up in British Columbia like me? If so you MUST recognise this if you’ve ever driven North as a kid! Do you remember Bedrock Village? In later years it was Dino Town before finally shutting its gates in the mid to late 90s. This landmark was just east of Chilliwack on Highway 1. Even after closing, the relics were still visible for years.
Curtis Bryce – Water Mill, Canadian Prairies
Not since Sergio Leone’s iconic opening scene in “Once Upon a Time in the West” has this simple structure been celebrated for its service to mankind in the delivery of water to livestock and the residents of the prairies. It is as much a part of our landscape as are the grain elevators and just as relevant to history as all of our man-made structures around the world.
Our Virtual Art Tour has three more weeks to go. We’re currently exploring the scrumptious theme of Canadian food. If you haven’t already taken part or have yet to be featured, there’s still time to try and win a $50 gift certificate. Remember, the story’s as important as the art. Rise to the challenge, get involved and share your creations!