Explore Public Art
Photo caption: Thomas Cannell, Sea to Sky
Richmond is proud to be home to a wealth of signature permanent public artworks as well as temporary installations and public programs that contribute to the understanding and enjoyment of art in everyday life. Everyone is invited to explore public art in parks, civic facilities, building facades and along transportation routes including sidewalks, greenways and the Canada Line.
In Public Spaces
In every neighbourhood, there is public art to discover, enjoy, ponder and wonder about as we wander about. From the soaring Water Sky Garden at the Richmond Olympic Oval to artist-designed access covers at street level, wherever they are, residents and visitors will discover artful enhancements to the public realm.
Walking Tours & Bike Tours
Self-guided public art walking tours by neighbourhood:
Brighouse Village / Civic Heart
Capstan Village / Arts District
Lansdowne Village / Centre of the City
Minoru Park / City Hall
Oval Village / Sport & Recreation
Steveston Waterfront Neighbourhood
There is also a self-guided mural tour:
Community Mural Program Tour Map
Photo caption: Puya Khahili and Charlotte Wall, Typha
Guided walking tours led by Public Art staff are offered annually during Doors Open (Spring) and Culture Days (Fall).
Public Art Registry
The Public Art Registry lists hundreds of public artworks that add to the cultural vibrancy of Richmond neighbourhoods and features artworks by local, regional, Canadian and international artists. Use the interactive map, search for specific artworks or browse the list of artists in the sortable list of public art projects.
Richmond Public Art also offers a growing collection of Youtube videos about specific art projects, including:
Sea to Sky by Thomas Cannell & Franz Mayer of Munich
This two-part series documents the production, installation and unveiling of a five-storey-high glass artwork integrated into the façade of the Paramount development in Richmond’s City Centre. Videographer: Brian Lye.
Metamorphosis Mural by Tristesse Seeliger and Karen Yurkovich
Make a virtual visit to this mural that honours the cycles of nature, located at Lehigh Hanson on Mitchell Island. Metamorphosis was created as part of the Community Mural Program. Videographer: Tristesse Seeliger
Harvest Full Moon Project by Marina Szijarto
This arts-and environment-based community project was created in 2015 as one of the first Engaging Artists in the Community projects and later became an annual event at City Centre Community Centre.