Public Art

You will find public art in many places in our community: in galleries, on beaches, on street corners and in public buildings. Art is part of our community’s identity.

With over 100 pieces in our Public Art Inventory, below are some highlights from the collection. 

Above: Emerging Power by Ian Rowles

AquaScapes

The south wall of the Aquatic Centre is actually an award-winning installation of moveable sunshades. More Information

Beach Tangle

Beach Tangle is a 12- by 20-foot sculpture of driftwood pieces and objects combed from West Vancouver's beaches and shores. More Information

Big Chairs

Infrastructure or art? Located at the foot of 18th Street on the beach by the Seawalk, the Big Chairs might tempt you to sit and read. More Information

Chimney Mural

The Music Box hosts arts programs, concerts and workshops and is a piece of art itself. The chimney mural pays homage to its artistic location by depicting a variety of art forms, painted on the cinder blocks that go from the ground up to and through the building’s roof. More Information

Community Faces

West Vancouver was a venue city for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the West Vancouver Community Centre hosted joyous community celebrations up to and during the Games. Community Faces features portraits of those who took part. More Information

Eye of the Mountain Bear

Walking through Ambleside, you’ve probably passed this fountain with a sculpture carved from a 12-tonne jade boulder from the Cry Lake Jade Mine, near Kutch Creek in northern BC. More Information

German Friendship Globe

Precisely engraved with the continents of the world, the globe floats on a thin cushion of pressurized water in a granite basin. The Friendship Globe was donated by members of the German Community of Greater Vancouver, led by Harald Lincke, a long-time West Vancouver resident. More Information

Granite Assemblage

Ambleside Landing is home to this artificial tide pool created by fifty granite cubes and rectangles set at the edge of the harbour. The effect of the extended landscape at the waterfront draws visitors into this work of environmental art. More Information

Harmony

Harmony is a beautiful stained glass window created in honour of Lieutenant in Command Gordon Stone, who died during active service in 1918 in WWI. More Information

Kwakiutl Bear Pole

In front of the ferry terminal building in Horseshoe Bay you’ll find this Haida-style totem pole carved from Western red cedar. More Information

Lucky: Mona’s Harbour Seal

This bronze sculpture of an appealing, friendly harbour seal encourages users of the Aquatic Centre to rub it for luck. Originally from Stinson Beach, California, the sculpture was donated by Jim Brickley. More Information

Spirit House Post: Gathering of Nations

Located on the Great Lawn on the Community Centre grounds facing Marine Drive, the Spirit House Post is often the centre of community celebrations. The four faces represent water, land, sky and the Eagle deity. More Information

Spirit of the Mountain

This signature sculpture is another West Vancouver landmark, greeting visitors at the entrance to Ambleside Park. More Information

Squamish Nation Welcome Figure

The Welcome Figure is a West Vancouver landmark in Ambleside Park, visible from Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park and the waterfront of West Vancouver. More Information

Contact

For more information about West Vancouver’s Public Art Program contact:

Glenn Olav Madsen

604-925-7198

Public Art Inventory

West Vancouver's public art inventory is extensive. See the inventory document to view the full collection. (10 MB)

Public Art Inventory

Public art advisory committee

The committee makes recommendations regarding public art policy and procedures, and assists with the implementation and enhancement of the Public Art Program.

Public Art Advisory Committee

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