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YOUNG ARTISTS SWITCH THE SCRIPT ON PUBLIC ART IN VANCOUVER

August 12th, 2016

Published by CBC Arts

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Down at the northern edge of East Vancouver there’s a candy-bright jungle of wild characters and fantastic creatures. It’s a brand new, full-building mural wrap covering the formerly unremarkable mint-green walls of MakerLabs creative studios.

A group of artists, mostly local, painted the building over the course of a week in mid-July, marking the beginning of the inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival.

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VANCOUVER AEROPONICS FARM USES ‘SPACE AGE’ TECH

July 22nd, 2016

Published by CBC NEWS

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A new urban farm in Vancouver is growing food for local restaurants and markets without soil, or any other growing medium.

To grow produce, Harvest Urban Farms uses aeroponics, a process in which plants are grown in an environment of air or mist — from which the plants receive nutrients.

“The roots are literally suspended in midair and by doing that they have a lot more oxygen that’s available to them so they can grow a lot faster,” said Aaron Ferguson, CEO of Harvest Urban Farms, which launched earlier this year.

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STREET ART BLOOMS ON VANCOUVER WALLS

May 27th, 2016

Published by Rabble

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There’s a little burst of colour emerging from an alleyway near Vancouver’s 8th Ave. and Main Street. Giraffes and chickadees poke their heads out from a riot of magnolia blossoms in Vancouver’s newest mural.

It’s the work of artist Ilya Viryachev, who has been painting outdoor murals in Vancouver since 2014. This latest piece, In Bloom, was completed two months ago…

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WHAT IS LOVE?

April 22nd, 2016

Published by CBC Arts

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Angela Fama‘s latest art project, What Is Love, took everything she had.

“I lost my home, my savings, my partner,” said the Vancouver artist and photographer. “I’ve got nothing left. But I still have Debbie.”

Debbie is Fama’s yellow-and-white 1977 motorhome, the vehicle that took her on a two-month journey across North America last year to create the project.

Fama stopped in 20 locations — from Edmonton to Albuquerque and places in between — where she invited strangers into the studio in the back of the RV and photographed them while they talked about love.

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VANCOUVER ART COMES IN OFF THE STREETS

March 5th, 2016

Published by CBC Arts

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It’s tough to be a street artist in Vancouver. At least so says Chris Bentzen, owner of Hot Art Wet City. His three-year-old gallery is known for its irreverent attitude and its celebration of lowbrow art. For lovers of street art, it’s a natural draw.

“I get a lot of tourists who come in here and ask where the street art is but it’s hard to find in this city,” he says.

“It seems like the city doesn’t really have any leeway for street art, at least for people who are doing it illegally,” he says. “It gets covered up quite quickly.”

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