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The WALL | Free Artist Talk

July 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

A public art initiative: Free Artist Talk

The WALL, located at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre Plaza at 700 Hamilton Street, is a Vancouver Heritage Foundation public art initiative. Made possible by a unique partnership between Vancouver Heritage Foundation and CBC Radio-Canada, with support from JJ Bean Coffee Roasters, and is produced in partnership with the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, the WALL features a new artist every year.


There will be a free artist talk with current WALL artist, Faith Moosang. Faith will discuss her artwork, “” including her process, research and impetus behind the final work which uses 164 individual film frames, video stills and digital photographs from the CBC Archives and Wikimedia Commons to respond to questions on demolitions and change in downtown Vancouver between 1954 and 2015. The artwork has been installed at The WALL since November of 2015.

Thursday, July 14
5:30pm – 6:30pm
CBC Plaza, 700 Hamilton St

Emily Head shot low resWe received a number of great proposals for the next WALL public art installation, and are pleased to announce the new artist! Emily Neufeld was born and raised in Alberta, but now lives and works in North Vancouver. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with her BFA in 2013 and has been exhibiting across BC and Alberta since then. Her prairie roots run deep and her current work investigates how the layers of memory and traces of psychic history accumulate in particular domestic spaces.

Emily will be working with the CBC Archives to inform the new artwork which is scheduled for installation in August, 2016. Check back here for information about the public launch.


Interdisciplinary artist Faith Moosang recently led an artist talk explaining the complex research and process that went into her interpretation of the WALL theme, Vancouver’s built heritage. Her work, down. town. uses 164 individual film frames, video stills and digital photographs from the CBC Archives and Wikimedia Commons to respond to questions on demolitions and change in downtown Vancouver between 1954 and 2015. A companion website has also been created to assist the viewer in exploring the complex art work.

Visit the down. town. website here.

Installed in November 2015, The WALL’s current exhibit is by Vancouver based artist Faith Moosang.

From the artist:

down. town. is a large-scale composite photograph created from 164 individual film frames, video stills and digital photographs gleaned from the CBC Archives and Wikimedia Commons. There were three questions behind the work – how many buildings have been demolished in downtown Vancouver between 1954 and 2015, how many of these demolitions were considered newsworthy and how does one represent the notion of absence or missing? The boundaries of the downtown core were taken from the municipality’s parameters – the west side of Main Street to the east side of Burrard, False Creek to Burrard Inlet and the jut of Coal Harbour, beginning on the north side of Georgia and ending at the water. The temporal boundary of the project (1954 onwards) relates to the fact that on December 16, 1953, CBUT (the CBC precursor) became the very first television station broadcasting in Western Canada, marking the moment when Vancouver had local televisual news for the first time in its history.

Research, both online and at the City of Vancouver Archives, revealed that the number of buildings that have come down in this period approximated 1500 – with high-density areas of destruction taking place in the industrial areas of Coal Harbour and False Creek. The CBC Archive, the sole archival resource for the images of buildings in this project, contained footage of 47 of these buildings in the process of being demolished or burnt. Looked at another way, approximately 3% of the destruction was recorded and delivered up to the public as news.

The high number of buildings that have gone missing from our collective landscape is indicative that humans are notorious for forgetting, and that what is normal is always shifting. Vancouver has a (short) long history of development in the pursuit of density and profit.

Faith would like to thank Colin Preston, the Wall project partners, the staff at the CBC and the City of Vancouver Archives, Alex MacKenzie, Paul Levine, Bob Ellenton and Lillipilli Ellenton. She’d like to dedicate this work to Archivists everywhere – analogue, digital, other. You have the best of both worlds – enchantment and order.


July 14, 2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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CBC Plaza
700 Hamilton St.
Vancouver, Canada


Vancouver Heritage Foundation
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