Thursday, April 7, 2011

Vancouver 125: Views from the Bridge

Yesterday officially marked the 125th anniversary of Vancouver's incorporation as a city. I celebrated by filing my taxes.

And by attending a PuSh Board Meeting. Which was only appropriate. Not because our meeting was held a stone's throw from Jack Poole Plaza, site of the permanently relocated prosthetic Olympic cauldron, and host yesterday to various bands and celebrations. Rather, spending time with my fellow Board members reviewing the success of this past year's Festival felt right on the city's birthday fête because we were the ones that got this whole party rolling back in January.

Speaking of rolling out Vancouver 125 art-related projects, the Digital Natives public art installation launched at the beginning of this week. Curated by Lorna Brown and Clint Burnham, the project broadcasts 10 second Twitter-length messages from invited artists and other contributors on the electronic billboard at the southwestern end of the Burrard Street Bridge. The messages cycle amongst the regular rotation of advertisements on the billboard, and many have been translated into First Nations languages. Members of the public are also invited to respond by tweeting their own messages to @diginativ; they will then be considered for broadcast on the billboard and/or for inclusion on the project's website.

Digital Natives runs until the end of this month.


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