Art plays an important role in encouraging ridership, improving perceptions of transit, contributing to way finding, and enhancing community identity. It is a key component of the SkyTrain system, featured at all existing Millennium Line stations and many other stations or plazas along the SkyTrain alignment.
All six stations will incorporate art. The project team is working directly with Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations to support a separate, parallel process in relation to Indigenous art and cultural recognition across the six stations with prominent Indigenous artworks planned for Great Northern Way-Emily Carr, Oak-VGH and Arbutus stations.
Artists have been commissioned to create public artworks at four of the stations as illustrated below (proposed locations are highlighted in yellow).
Broadway Subway Project artists
Great Northern Way-Emily Carr Station
Lou Sheppard is a Canadian artist working in interdisciplinary audio, performance, and installation-based practice. He often looks to what is missing, or can no longer be experienced, in a particular place – creating art that memorializes characteristics that once existed in the area surrounding the installation.
Sheppard will engage Emily Carr University of Art and Design students in conceptual development and/or artwork production.
Mount Pleasant Station
Sylvan Hamburger is a visual artist working in printmaking, installation, and community-engaged practice. He often uses salvaged architecture to consider the historic and social implications of changing built environments. Sylvan grew up in East Vancouver within the asserted traditional territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Broadway-City Hall Station
The artist team is Theatre Replacement (James Long and Maiko Yamamoto), in collaboration with Vanessa Kwan, Remy Siu and Cindy Mochizuki. Specializing in interactive media, animation, video, live performance, and installation, the Broadway Subject Project marks the first time this team of five artists have collaborated on a project together as a whole.
South Granville Station
Vancouver-born Derek Root is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has exhibited across Canada and internationally. His commissioned work uses the language of geometric abstraction and vibrant colour to alter viewers’ readings of architecture and space.