Vancouver Art Gallery Commons, Vancouver

The water feature in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, in the common area along W. Georgia street is a popular place to enjoy the city as well as the occasional overflow of suds when pranksters empty dish washing detergent into the fountain creating loads of bubbles. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE:

This water fountain offers cool relief for some and a beautiful to sit place to cover up the sounds of the city of Vancouver.





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This half block wide and block long Commons in front of the Vancouver is a popular place throughout the year. The summer months see dozens of people enjoying their lunch breaks listening to nearby street performers or reading a newspaper, even observing the any sights in this small green space such as the facade of the building or the nearby Olympic Clock. In Winter, the area is more sparse, however, with rare snowfalls, people can be seen throwing snowballs, making snowmen and enjoying themselves. The Commons is a popular place enjoyed in all seasons and weather.

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.

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The Vancouver Art Gallery Commons are a popular place to enjoy the surrounding cityscape in a park-like atmosphere. Outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, this grassy area sees a number of people in the summer months relaxing on the grass or enjoying lunch on the steps of the Old Law Courts.

Location of Vancouver Art Gallery Commons

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On the corner of Hornby and W. Georgia Street

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