259 POWELL STREET

LOCATION: 259 Powell Street, Vancouver
DATE: Installed in October, 2014
ARTISTS: Gabriel Dubois
TYPE: Outdoor Mural

In conjunction with his residency at BAF, Gabriel Dubois created an outdoor mural at 295 Powell Street in Vancouver. The mural features the spiral form frequently found in Dubois’ practice: geometric lines winding in a continuous circuit around a central point. The shape can be read as a numerical 9, the last solitary number before the consecutive digits that follow are evermore joined with another. Nine is also a cross-lingual homophone, “nein” means no in German, a language Dubois is fluent in having lived in Berlin, Hamburg, and Leipzig for many of the past several years. The spiral also refers to infinity, an unbound, non-terminating, unending phenomenon that corrupts and upsets all others with a pledge of unending being. Infinity is where everything else ends by never ending; in its presence, all else becomes insignificant.