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Langara Centre for Art in Public Spaces calls out for new submissions

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Placebo 4.9"is the second art installation at Langara Station created by the students in Langara College Public Art Program. Tomo Tanaka Photo
Placebo 4.9″is the second art installation at Langara Station created by the students in Langara College Public Art Program. Photo: Tomo Tanaka

Langara students will have the opportunity to reveal their inner Da Vinci, as well as gain experience by answering the call for public art on the Canada Line.

In partnership with InTransit BC’s Public Art program, the school is asking for current students or recent graduates to submit a piece that will be displayed at the Langara 49th Avenue station, starting in June.

Luke Blackstone, a Langara art instructor, said that the work should be site-specific, vandal-proof and able to resist the elements for months.

In terms of themes, Blackstone suggests focusing on, “things to do with the community around Langara, or transit, or movement”.

The Director of the Canada Line Public Art program, Janice Fairley, agreed about the themes, but said she trusts in the student’s judgment.

“It’s a really good experience for students to have an opportunity to engage with a client,” Fairley said.

Public art is vital, giving people a sense of pride in their city and tries to engage the average person, Fairley said.

Though there is no cash reward for the piece, the focus is on giving emerging artists a chance to display their art in a public place, added Fairley.

The current exhibit, Placebo 4.9, hangs on the side of the Langara station and is designed to look like daily compartments of a pill organizer, while the previous piece, Tread Lightly, current hangs above the school’s security office.

While there is a public art initiative at the school, the opportunity is available to everyone.

Reported By Niall Shannon

Watch the YouTube video from last year’s installation:

Public art installation at Langara-49th Canada Line

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  1. The Canada Line says

    Thank you for interviewing our fearless leader, Janice Fairley, was excited to see the installation go up.

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