Scenes from the Vancouver – Street Mosaic, Water Foundation Park, and Street Corner Garden

March 25, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Personal | Leave a comment

A few days ago I was waiting for the bus at Granville and Cordova and I noticed that there was a nice mosaic on/in the sidewalk. I snapped a couple of pic of it, first facing South, then facing West. Then on the bus ride home, I snapped some pics of Emery Barnes Park and the Davie Street Community Garden. Click on all pics to see larger images.

Downtown Street Mosaic:

A little research on the Interweeble tells me that the name of this Mosaic is Bird’s Eye View

CETA artist Elia Mishkis designed this stunning view to Vancouver Harbour which creates an optical illusion that can be viewed looking skyward or as seen from above. Two common residents – the majestic bald eagle and seagull soar in the centre of the work for a bird’s eye view over Vancouver’s landmark buildings, architecture and views. Included are the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada Place and the Lion’s Gate Bridge with a cruise ship passing below, as well as Gastown’s characteristic street lamps, the railcars and grain elevators – all distinct elements viewed near Vancouver’s harbour.

Emery Barnes Park @ Seymour and Davie

I used to stop in at this park once in a while on the way home from a previous job. It’s a bit small, and a bit noisy being on the corner of two busy streets, but the long fountain that stretches the length of the park makes it nice for walking through.

Davie Village Community Garden

I have mixed feelings about this next one. I love that there is now a huge community garden where a gas station used to be. The problem is though, that there used to be a gas station there, and that could mean trouble for anyone planting food.

Shell Canada conducted tests on the site earlier this year after contaminated soil was dug up and removed to a depth of six metres, but experts are concerned there might be hydrocarbon contamination buried deep down. Hydrocarbons are organic substances found in gasoline. Most sites that were former gas stations are left for five years before they are used for any agricultural purposes, but barely a year has passed since this gas station was torn down.

The Davie Village community garden is on a private lot, so it is not subject to the city’s guidelines for community garden plots. Ron Caswell, manager of golf and park operations for the City of Vancouver, said the Davie Village site is not under city jurisdiction, and he is not aware of city requirements for soil testing on private lots.

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