Architect Matthew Soules has collaborated with artist and architectural designer Rebecca Bayer to stretch 10 pieces of fabric between the bridge above the Seawall pathway. The translucent, orange material will stretch 800 lineal feet and references a familiar type of fabric.
As per Smith’s article, “the 221A site explains: ‘The installation is made up of construction safety netting, a material designed for temporary use that has become iconic in Vancouver—a city that since the 1980s has been under intensive real estate speculation and development. Typically used to protect passersby from construction hazards, ten sections of the netting (amounting to 800 lineal feet) have been stretched between the concrete piers of the Burrard Street Bridge. City Fabric cherishes the temporary permanence of construction debris netting; beautiful, impoverished for its utilitarian use, yet profoundly normal.’
Artist Bayer’s website describes the temporary public-art installation this way: ‘This project celebrates the intersection of these two vital components of Vancouver’s public infrastructure, and asks questions about the potentials of existing urban spaces like these.'”
City Fabric will be on view from August 1 – September 30, 2015.