Davie Safeway’s New Illuminated Public Art Installation Officially Unveiled

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Two years ago, a public art lighting installation on Davie Street in Vancouver’s downtown West End garnered unwanted attention when its equipment settings were accidentally tested to full potential. ‘lighting.

Residents across the street took to social media because of the blinding light streaming into their apartments, even with the blinds down.

This was never intended to be the default setting for the light panel system, which provides the facade for the replacement Safeway store built into the base of a newly built mixed-use complex at 1641 Davie Street.

Tuesday night, Zephyrthe name of the installation has been officially unveiled, with light panels subtly illuminated with a colorful and rhythmic pattern.

The installation is designed by local artist Neil Campbell, whose design is described as “a celebration of the vibrant character of the neighborhood.” The programmable pattern of light animation is intended to change over time.

The complex includes the 44,000-square-foot grocery store on the ground floor and 330 market rental homes above in 21- and 22-story towers. The project is designed by Henriquez Partners Architects and jointly developed by Westbank and Crombie REIT.

‘Zephyr’ lighting public art installation at Davie Safeway at 1641 Davie Street, Vancouver. (Westbank REIT/Crombie)

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‘Zephyr’ lighting public art installation at Davie Safeway at 1641 Davie Street, Vancouver. (Westbank REIT/Crombie)

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