This water fountain offers cool relief for some and a beautiful to sit place to cover up the sounds of the city of Vancouver.
Probably the Downtown's only grassy area, the commons in front of the Art Galley of Vancouver is an attractive and open space, popular in the summer months as a hub for office workers on lunch and students of the nearby UBC satellite campus.
Hot dog vendors also aim to please with a variety of street meat to the delight of many cash strapped students.
The commons consists of two plaques, grass, a few trees, a fountain and the Olympic Clock. The façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery is a well used canvas as many works or art have been featured here. One artwork saw the instillation of a large scale projector which highlighted the Gallery in native symbols and designs while another had a large balloon shaped baby wrapped around the columns of the building.
The most attention-grabbing use of the commons is as a place of protests as it's centred in the middle of the downtown core with Vancouver's busiest street, West Georgia, running parallel to it.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Vancouver Art Gallery CommonsOn the corner of Hornby and W. Georgia Street
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