Grosvenor Americas (Grosvenor), has unveiled a public art installation by Douglas Coupland, obc at Grosvenor Ambleside, the new mixed-use beach-front development in West Vancouver.
The installation celebrates Coupland’s love of beachcombing with acclaimed West Coast artist and friend, Gordon Smith, obc, and represents some of the typical items he discovered on his trips with Smith on the West Coast.
“I always wanted to create a piece of public art for my hometown,” said Coupland. “This represents what was my best day ever with Gordon Smith when we went beachcombing in Haida Gwaii.”
The first phase of Coupland’s work unveiled on Monday includes a cast bronze Whale Vertebra, situated at the corner of 14th Street and Bellevue, with a base designed for seating. The second piece, titled Float Stack, is inspired by fishing net floats that Coupland and Smith would often discover on their trips and is installed at the corner of 14th Street and Marine Drive.
Ryan Beechinor, Michael Ward, Gordon Smith, James Patillo and Patti Glass with Coupland’s Whale Vertebra
Coupland added: “I wanted to create something that when people encounter it, without knowing anything about it, and go ‘oh look at this’ and suddenly without even realizing it, they get pulled into the whole beachcombing experience. I think to really feel like you’re in a place; you need objects or experiences that remind you - you’re in that place and nowhere else. In West Vancouver, why not immortalize the “best day ever”, which Gordon and I experienced together on that day we beachcombed on Haida Gwaii?”
Members from Grosvenor’s development team and Architect James Cheng in front of Coupland’s Float Stack
Grosvenor has also dedicated two of Gordon Smith’s diptych paintings to Grosvenor Ambleside residents, and these works will be situated in the two building lobbies. Additional Coupland pieces are planned for Grosvenor Ambleside, which will be installed when the phase II building and galleria complete in 2020.
Michael Ward, SVP Development and General Manager of Grosvenor Americas’ Vancouver office said: "Our vision for Grosvenor Ambleside included a significant public art contribution to West Vancouver. We think that the artworks by Doug Coupland, celebrating his friendship with fellow artist Gordon Smith and their love of beachcombing, add something special to Ambleside Village that will become a cultural landmark."
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About Grosvenor Americas:
Grosvenor Americas is an active developer, investor and co-investor across Canada and the USA. Our strategy is to invest in vibrant urban locations where we can add value and address some of the challenges that face our markets, including housing supply. Our active development pipeline includes 875 California Street in San Francisco and The Pacific in downtown Vancouver, as well as the second phase of Grosvenor Ambleside in West Vancouver. Our Structured Development Finance programme invests in projects that address affordability issues by providing capital to early stage developers and our Investment programme adds value to residential, retail and commercial assets in walkable places.
As at 31 December 2017, Grosvenor Americas had assets under management of C$5.0bn.
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About Douglas Coupland:
Since 1991 Coupland has written thirteen novels published in most languages. He has written and performed for England’s Royal Shakespeare Company and is a columnist for The Financial Times of London. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, e-flux, DISand Vice.In 2000 Coupland amplified his visual art production and has recently had two separate museum retrospectives, Everything is Anything is Anywhere is Everywhere at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and Bit Rot at Rotterdam's Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, and Munich's Villa Stücke. In 2015 and 2016 Coupland was artist in residence in the Paris Google Cultural Institute.
n May 2018 his exhibition on ecology, Vortex, opened at the Vancouver Aquarium and will be traveling globally throughout 2019-2021. In June 2018 National Portrait, an installation of over 1,000 3D-printed heads and busts, pens at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Coupland is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of British Columbia, a Chevlier de l'Order des Arts et des Lettres and receiver of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.