City unveils public art teeter-totter costing over $30K

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The City of Vancouver has unveiled its latest piece of public art.

It’s called SeeSawSeat and is located close to Sunset Community Centre near the southeast corner of Main Street and 51st Avenue East.

SeeSawSeat is described as “part bus bench, part teeter-totter” and was created by the city’s current artist in residence Germaine Koh. Her projects in public space seek to create moments of real connection between people and with the environment around them. SeeSawSeat is meant to encourage people to engage with each other and work together, according to a release from the city.

City spokesperson Lauren Stasila said SeeSawSeat cost $30,580 to fabricate and install. Funding was provided one third each by Transport Canada, TransLink and the City of Vancouver.

The project is one of three pieces of public art that was funded through Main Street Urban Transportation Showcase (UTS). Stasila said the other artworks were installed years ago including the ‘instant coffee’ temporary sandwich boards and the poodle near Main and 18.

“Main Street Poodle” by Gisele Amantea / Gisele Amantea
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