Photo: Ted Topping
As you are exploring the Convention Centre area, donít forget to go inside to see some of the awesome art there. The three large but weightless-looking Floats suspended from the ceiling are made of about 5,000 canes from the pine beetle-infested forests near Merrit, British Columbia. According to their creator, Finnish sculptor Jaakko Pernu (whose first North American installation this is), the Floats represent the rivers of the West Coast.
Remember to take the walkway connecting the new and old convention centres. It is under street level but one side is entirely made of glass. If you are there when a cruise ship is at the dock, you will have an awesome water-level perspective of the massive vessels.
Inside the walkway, above your head, hangs a school of beautiful salmon. It is a work by Joseph Wilson of the Coast Salish First Nation and his brother Richard. Called Successful Journey, it reflects the crucial importance of the salmon to the life and culture of the Coast Salish.
Successful Journey. Photo: Ted Topping
Along the wall of the walkway, a long series of storytelling panels made of painted cedar and copper tells more of the story of the Salish and of all the peoples of the West Coast. The human figures in this story board have outstretched arms in a gesture of welcome to all visitors. Called Human Spirit, the sculpture is one of many significant pieces in Vancouver by renowned Coast Salish artist, Susan Point.
Have you spotted any other cool outdoor art in Vancouver or other cities that you think deserves to be featured? Let us know in the comments!