New public art/maze addresses Vancouver’s zero-waste mission


According to the City of Vancouver, Vancouverites threw away approximately 351,000 tonnes of garbage in 2015.

Most of this “waste” is comprised of valuable resources that could have been conserved, reused, recycled, or composted instead of being sent to landfills and incinerators. The Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest offsite installation, Salvage, addresses these practices in the wake of the city’s plan to become waste-free by 2040.

Built and designed by Hyderabad artist Asim Waqif, Salvage is built entirely out of materials collected from local demolition sites and landfills. The public art/interactive maze also incorporates microphones, effects pedals and cheap audio equipment, resulting in a multi-sensory experience of the artwork’s architectural design and individual parts.

According to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Salvage aims to address concerns of environment and social responsibility with a particular focus on urban design and the politics of urban waste management. Visitors are encouraged to experience Salvage by walking through the artwork.

Salvage will be on display until April 15, 2018. Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite is located at 1100 West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets, west of the Shangri-La Hotel.

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