Blanketing the City

Jane Jacobs wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” That was the thought that came to mind when I first saw Debra Sparrow’s art installation, Blanketing the City, as I walked out of Vancouver Centre skytrain station on the corner of GranvilleContinue reading “Blanketing the City”

A Building Transformed

  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,Continue reading “A Building Transformed”

We Shape Our Cities

Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”   Every city has a story that encompasses all the memories of the people who lived in their “hometown.” Even in our world where people move from city to city, there is an emotional attachment to a location where we have resided, evenContinue reading “We Shape Our Cities”

A Woman’s Voice – Kinuko Laskey

Today, I celebrated International Women’s Day by visiting Kinuko Laskey.  Even though she moved on from this existence on November 3, 2004, I feel her presence and fierce courage every time I stop by her memorial sculpture situated in Seaforth Peace Park, Vancouver.  The noise of traffic ebbs and flows in the background, yet thereContinue reading “A Woman’s Voice – Kinuko Laskey”

Terracotta Warriors: The Grand Banquet & Auction

  The Grand Banquet and Auction was held on the evening of September 27, 2012.  It was a remarkable success. That morning I came to see my Terracotta Warriors together for the first and last time before they were taken to new homes.  The hall was quiet, even serene in anticipation of the evening’s celebration. Continue reading “Terracotta Warriors: The Grand Banquet & Auction”