Still time to catch City Fabric installation beneath Vancouver’s Burrard Street Bridge

a view of the city fabric installation beneath the burrard street bridge in vancouver
a view of the city fabric installation beneath the burrard street bridge in vancouver
221A and the Burrard Arts Foundation present City Fabric, an installation located beneath the Burrard Street Bridge by Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Bayer and artist/architect Matthew Soules. City Fabric opened on August 1st and continues until September 30th.

The installation is made up of construction safety netting, a material designed for temporary use that has become iconic in Vancouver—a city that since the 1980s has been under intensive real estate speculation and development. Typically used to protect passersby from construction hazards, ten sections of the netting (amounting to 800 lineal feet) have been stretched between the concrete piers of the Burrard Street Bridge. City Fabric cherishes the temporary permanence of construction debris netting; beautiful, impoverished for its utilitarian use, yet profoundly normal.

The project explores the role of vestigial space within urban environments, the formal properties of fabric in juxtaposition with structural concrete, and the often-unnoticed material properties of transience in the late capitalist city.

Rebecca Bayer is a Vancouver-based artist and architectural designer. She is engaged in the production of public art projects, building design, community collaborations, as well as public space research and teaching appointments. Bayer holds a M.Arch from the University of British Columbia, and a MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. From 2008 to 2013, she worked at Bricault Design on residential, restaurant, and exhibition design projects in Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York. In 2013 she became co-founder of spacemakeplace, an art and design studio. She teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is currently part of ten fifteen maple, an artist residency at the City of Vancouver’s Hadden Park Field House.

Matthew Soules is a Harvard-trained architect and urbanist who explores the relationship between the built environment and socio-political ideology through work in diverse media, ranging from scholarly research to the design of objects and spaces at multiple scales. He is the founding director of Matthew Soules Architecture (MSA), an award-winning practice that works on projects that often blur the distinctions between architecture, landscape and art. Soules is also an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and has served as a design critic at institutions such as Harvard, MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, and UC Berkeley. Soules’ writing has been widely published in periodicals including Praxis, Harvard Design Magazine and Canadian Architect, and in books such as the forthcoming Industries of Architecture (Fall 2015).

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