Archive for Arts

Neighbour

Beach Ave., Vancouver.

Norm Macdonald

A marvellous Canadian who cracked me up every single time.

The Washington Post has a fine obituary, with lots of links to edifying and profoundly funny stories.

Red Horizontal

I’ve walked or biked the seawall along False Creek more than a thousand times but only the other day did I really notice this wonderful panorama by Gisele Amantea called Red Horizon. It’s remarkable!

Love the logs

The great Vancouver landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander has passed away at the age of 99. I hadn’t realized until now how ubiquitous her work was in my beloved city. It was Oberlander’s idea, for instance, to set up “log seating” on our city’s beaches (in 1963). I visit her simple yet sublime design literally every day, on English Bay.

According to the Vancouver Sun, Oberlander’s “legacy of design [also] includes such iconic contributions to Vancouver’s public spaces as … Robson Square (1983), the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch rooftop garden (1995) and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre (2011). She also designed landscapes for the Vancouver General Hospital burn unit garden, UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and the C. K. Choi Building.”

“May her memory be a blessing,” Mayor Kennedy Stewart wrote in a statement.

Still so lucky

“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”

No one rounds out a sentence like Henry James.