“Let’s go down there. There may be some graffiti,” I said to my friend. We turned the corner and entered the alley. Immediately the wafting stench of urine hit our nostrils. “Oh wow, look at these street art murals!” We hit the jackpot off Cordova Street.
Laura and I had discovered the joys of street art in Toronto a few weeks earlier. My travels took me to Vancouver for work and I was exploring the city with a friend – who had long ago become used to my crazy ideas. Going down an alley filled with trash and unpleasant smells wasn’t his idea of a good time. By the end of that alley, I’d totally changed his mind and he had begun to appreciate the public murals of street art in Vancouver.
Whether you call it “street art” or “public murals” or “graffiti” – you can’t deny the talents of the artists and the beauty of the projects. On returning home and researching the Vancouver murals, I learned the city actually operates a program called the Creative Cultural Collaborations Society to document these graffiti murals and have developed several different walking tours (complete with cell phone narration!). If only I’d known about that before I went to Vancouver! I was particularly captivated by the native/Inuit murals.
If you go to Vancouver, put on your good shoes, don’t step in any strange puddles and bring your camera – you’re in for some amazing street art!