Drab downtown Vancouver laneway transformed into colourful ‘Canvas Corridor’ (PHOTOS)

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Photo courtesy DVBIA

An under-utilized laneway in Vancouver’s downtown core has gotten a fresh new look, as 45 doors and vents on Eihu Lane have been turned into works of art.

Called ‘Canvas Corridor,’ the project was undertaken by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) in partnership with the Robson Street Business Association (RSBA).

Hundreds of applications from artists came in via the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and Vancouver Mural Fest, with 27 ultimately chosen for the project.

The goal was to take the drab space between Alberni and Robson streets, from Burrard to Bute, and create an inviting, pedestrian-friendly space with high visual appeal.

“We were thrilled to partner with the Robson Street Business Association for this laneway project,” said Charles Gauthier, President and CEO of the DVBIA in a media release.

In addition to the Eihu Lane ‘Canvas Corridor,’ Gauthier says the DVBIA plans on making this an ongoing project for years to come.

“As part of the DVBIA’s vision for the coming decade, we plan on revitalizing one laneway each year in order to ultimately create a connected series of activated laneways throughout the downtown core,” said Gauthier.

“These public art projects will not only make downtown more colourful and vibrant, but will also help to make public spaces feel safer and more inclusive.”

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Photo courtesy DVBIA

This isn’t the first time the DVBIA has worked artistic vision into public spaces in Vancouver – Eihu Lane’s ‘Canvas Corridor’ is their third laneway transformation. Their two previous projects, the award-winning pink and yellow ‘Alley-Oop’ off Hastings and Granville, and ‘Ackery’s Alley’ by the Orpheum Theatre, have both been very well received.

“Public art adds so much life, character and culture to the urban fabric of a neighbourhood and we are pleased to have partnered with the Downtown Vancouver BIA to bring this idea to life in Eihu Lane,” added Teri Smith, Executive Director of the RSBA.

Check out a few more images from the just-unveiled ‘Canvas Corridor.’

Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
Photo courtesy DVBIA
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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom