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Art on the Fly at Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Publish Date: 17-May-2017

Vancouver, BC Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fairmont Vancouver Airport has added a cultural component for guests with the launch of an Artist-In-Residence Program. In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, the hotel has partnered with Vancouver artist Norah Borden and Douglas Reynolds Gallery to celebrate Canadian artists and provide a local connection to the arts community. Works can be found throughout the hotel's entrance, lobby and restaurant spaces and are available for purchase. A private artist tour with Borden can be arranged with advance notice.

 

"Airports have evolved to become more than a place to catch a flight", explains Patrick Gosselin, general manager of the award-winning hotel. "Vancouver International Airport offers world class shopping, dining options, and an impressive art collection. We thought it was natural to expand the art experience to the hotel and introduce guests from around the world to local talent." 


Borden's series, Planet Earth, provides views of the world from multiple perspectives. Her sensual work provides an elemental quality that is similar to a slab of rock taken from a quarry with movement created by the aerial illusion - as if one is looking down through the clouds. By playing with these perspectives, the paintings have an exploratory nature of their own and create a world where everything is interconnected. 

 

Pieces from acclaimed first nations artists Bradley Hunt, Robert Davidson and Rande Cook are also on display from the Douglas Reynolds Gallery and pay homage to the Musqueam First Nations traditional land where the hotel and airport are located.

 

For many visitors, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is their first and last impression of the city, and the province's diverse landscape and people is reflected through art. It houses the largest collection of Northwest Coast Native art in the world and supports emerging First Nations artists through the YVR Art Foundation. One of the Airport's first installations was a Musqueam Welcome Area in the International terminal and other pieces include Bill Reid's 6-ton bronze sculpture The Spirit of Haida Gwaii , Lutz haugschild's The Great Wave which is composed of thousands of strips of float glass and most recently four new cedar sculptures by Reg Davidson were added.

 

Airporttrends.com reports, "Adding a local element to the airport is a response to changing lifestyles in which we mix cultures, leisure and shopping with our search for meaning, surprise and stories. In this way, airports can become the larger connective tissue between travellers and the cultural heritage of the country, engaging passengers through the proliferation of widespread technology, as well as through personal, narrative connections that reflect the culture of the place."