No. 3 Road Art Columns
The No. 3 Road Art Columns are a unique opportunity for public art in Richmond. These “display cases” allow the Richmond Public Art Program to showcase visual and 2 dimensional artists and their work in an outdoor public art setting. Normally, painters, photographers and the like are limited to indoor exhibits away from the wind and weather. The No. 3 Rd. Art Columns are part of the City’s commitment to enhance the No. 3 Road streetscape.
“Showcasing local and regional artists along the Canada Line is a great addition to Richmond’s vibrant public art program,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Residents have told us they want to see public art at Canada Line Stations and this program meets that demand.”
One Art Column is located at Aberdeen Station, and two are located at Lansdowne Station (one of which was originally located at Brighouse Station.) Each Art Columns consists of four panels and give local artists the chance to display four works of art. New artists are feature at each station approximately every six months.
The No. 3 Road Art Columns are co-sponsored by Appia Group of Companies and the City of Richmond. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Necklace Project, an inter-municipal collaboration for public art, involving 10 local cities that are commissioning works on the theme of “illuminating communities.”
Exhibit 11 - Growing and Rising, Part 2
Installed August 2017
In collaboration with the Capture Photography Fesitval, this exhibition highlights the ongoing relationship between the natural landscapes of Richmond and the City's rapidly growing built environment.
Nature is enmeshed in our lives, yet in a growing city like Richmond, it can be easy to take for granted the complex systems of infrastructure required to maintain and contain nature in the urban landscape. Early settlers were attracted to Richmond by the fertile soils of Lulu and Sea Islands and promise of agricultural productivity. The memory of what lies below Richmond’s pavement is ever present and can be seen through the cracks in the cement, as native and non-native plant species take hold.
Lansdowne East Column
Artist: Patryk Stasieczek
Title of Artwork: Radius
Created in a traditional colour photographic dark room, these site-responsive photographs use found materials collected within a 1km radius of the Lansdowne East Art Column. The resulting images encompass a type of material ubiquity in photographic form, taking up the ideas of waste, development and the decoratively impersonal and immediately local.
Lansdowne West Column
Artist: Jeff Downer
Title of Artwork: Fragments of the Chandelier
Turning the otherwise commercial space onto itself, viewers are asked to think about development, disappearing cultures and lifestyles, and the rapidity of which the City of Richmond is growing.
Artist: Christina Dixon and Woojae Kim
Title of Artwork: Unnotable Landscapes
This installation tells the story of landscapes we create with our actions or inactions. The materials that we consume, change, digest, forge and manifest form ever-growing piles, in constant flux, moving in and out of the city. They are small monuments and testaments to our growth and physical obstructions of our own sightlines.
To see our past exhibitions, please visit our Public Art Collections page.
For more information abouth the No. 3 Road Art Column artists and their works, contact Richmond Public Art at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-247-4612.