Snider's public art wins award

October 21, 2004, vol. 31, no. 4

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The city of Vancouver commissioned visual artist Greg Snider to design and create this unusual work of public art at the corner of Chess and National streets, just outside the city's new National Works Yard.

The complex's dedication to conserving energy and natural resources, and state-of-the-art design, including Snider's work, recently won it the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada gold certification. Members of the United States Green Building Council, representing all segments of the building industry, developed the award. The Vancouver yard is the first Canadian building to win it.

It took Snider, a professor in the school for the contemporary arts, about a year and a half to create this full-sized street cutaway.

It features the normally concealed, underground structures and services that are directly below those that typically make up a street scene, such as a fire hydrant, traffic signal and parking meter.

Commissioned as part of the local government's public art program, the installation is novel signage for the new works yard and showcases what goes into building the city's infrastructure.

Snider worked closely with the project architect and the city's engineering services to make sure his $91,500 work of art was functional and looked like the real thing.

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