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Art Under Foot Tile Mosaics, Downtown Vancouver

Ever stepped onto the sidewalks of Downtown Vancouver to find a beautiful piece of artwork under your feet? This is the goal of the Art Under Foot Mosaic Art Tiles commissioned by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) to depict landmarks, famous locals, events and views. Walk the self-guided mosaic trail or just keep an eye on the ground to find one of these beautiful embedded artworks in Vancouver's Downtown core!

Fireworks over English Bay is a mosaic located at Pacific and Burrard Streets.Art-i-tecture is located outside the entrance to Cathedral PlaceIn 2005, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) launched a public art project to beautify the streets of the city's core. Commissioning twelve unique mosaics and permanently installing them into the streets of Downtown Vancouver, the project has since expanded to include six more mosaics and more to join them in the future by artists Liz Calvin and Bruce Walther to celebrate the achievements of the city, historic moments and people, and events and places that have made the city of Vancouver what it is today.Signs of the Times is located at the
southwest corner of Hastings
Street just west of Burrard Street.

Known as the 'Art Under Foot' mosaic art tile project, these beautiful and colourful tiles each tell a story. 'Fireworks over English Bay' at Burrard and Pacific Streets depicts the annual Celebration of Lights fireworks show which occurs in late summer and incorporates landmarks such as the Centennial Museum (home to the Vancouver Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre), the Sylvia Hotel (one of the oldest building in the West End) and also shows the Burrard Bridge and the Bard on the Beach tents which offerTransported Through Time focuses on Vancouver's transportation and is tocated on the southeast side of Burrard just south of Smithe Street. Shakespearean plays in the summer in Vanier Park. On the
Scene celebrate the city's firefighters and is located at
the southeast corner of Robson and Burrard Streets. Another spectacular mosaic ('The Swing of Things') celebrates legend Dal Richards who is an icon in the Vancouver music industry. A full description of the stories behind these beautiful pieces of artwork can be found here.

Visitors can download a map from the DVBIA's website and take a route of their choosing to enjoy these spectacular urban artworks. The walk takes from one and a half to two hours depending on your speed or the tiles can be enjoyed as you happen upon them.

Whether you're just going for an evening stroll or looking for something interesting and unique to see in Downtown Vancouver, it is highly suggested to experience the history and stories of the city embedded into the sidewalks through the 'Art Under Foot' mosaic project!

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