A building is defined as a structure with a roof and walls. This simple description holds the complexities of our world.
We live, learn, play and work in buildings They are a construct of humanity’s need to seek shelter and safety, a place to call home, raise children, create memories, build community. Schools, stores, factories, hospitals, entertainment centers – all have walls and roofs.
Buildings hold our conversations as well as our endeavours to fashion living spaces that reflect our values and cultural identities.
These were the thoughts as I discovered Ruben Sanchez, and the building he transformed within a few days with vibrant colours and the narratives held deep within the fabric of Vancouver’s history.
Ruben Sanchez reminded me that buildings tell our stories.
“The idea behind it was to create a forest showing local indigenous tales like the magic canoe, and showing the human touch in the wild, which is what Vancouver means to me, a city placed in the middle of the wilderness.” Ruben Sanchez, 2018