The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association is proud to launch the latest laneway transformation project in Eihu Lane. In partnership with the Robson Street Business Association (RSBA), we introduced local artwork to help transform another laneway in the downtown core into a vibrant and inviting public space. Eihu Lane, shared between Alberni and Robson Streets, is the location of the latest public art project, Canvas Corridor, which has created a colourful outdoor art walk for all to enjoy. Forty-five laneway-facing doors and vents from Burrard to Bute Streets provided a blank canvas on which to showcase unique work from local artists. The artwork is printed onto vinyl and wrapped onto the face of each door or vent. To create a gallery feel each door trim is painted black and an info panel is installed that displays the artist’s name and the title of the artwork.
In collaboration with the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and Vancouver Mural Fest, over 200 artwork submissions were received for the project. Property owners were able to choose the artwork for their doors and a total of 27 artists now have their work featured in Eihu Lane. The project team worked closely with property owners and businesses to secure doors for the project, and the City of Vancouver played a key role in supporting the permitting process to make this public art project happen.
A launch party for Canvas Corridor, including a media tour and a cocktail reception for the artists and project partners was held on August 28th. We encourage everyone to go check out the laneway and discover all 45 doors and vents.