A lot of people don't realize that there is a bunch of art in Stanley Park. Some of the art, e.g. Killer Whale, is done by world reknown artists such as Bill Reid, and other art, e.g. Two Spirits, by anonymous artists.
There is also some unique environmental and ephemeral art that was done in the park. These environmental and ephemeral are meant to disintegrate over time and return to nature!
There are some artists that produce and sell their artwork in the park also. You can find them on the English Bay Seawall, at the Painter's Circle and outside the Vancouver Aquarium.
We recommend that you explore Stanley Park and enjoy all the art that you find!
In 2008-2009, an Environmental art project was undertaken that 'honours the park and its significance to our city, and on a greater lever, comments on sustainability and climate change'. Six artists created environmental art works in collaboration with ecologists, park stewards, and environmental educators. The goals of the project were to: inform and interpres our natural surroundings, help us re-envisions our relationship with nature and find new ways to co-exist within the environment, and to engage us through discusion and hands-on workshops. Out of this project, there are 10 environmental art works: Cedar, Xapayay'/Cedar, Uprooted, Fringe, Hibernators, Birth, Listen, K'ayaacht'n! (We hold our hands up to you!), Cozy, and Entwined. Over the years, some of these works have disappeared, but there are still traces of most of them that still exist. We discuss each more below.
Chief of the Undersea World is a large bronze statue at the Vancouver Aquarium created by the legendary Haida artist Bill Reid.
The Two Spirits artwork is a piece of guerilla art. Someone carved two faces into a large stump. Nobody has claimed responsibility for making this art. It is nestled in the forest near Second Beach. We have some of the only photos of this artwork on our website and will tell you how to find it!
Cozy was a piece of "environmental" art that was created in 2009 by artist Shirley Wiebe. It was a tree stump covered with woodend disks that were woven together. Being "environmental", it was meant to disintegrate over time and go back to nature.
Peter Berg is a pencil artist that displays his work on the seawall at English Bay. He has amazing drawings!
Listen is a piece of environmental art in Stanley Park.
The Portuguese Joe Statue is the newest statue in Stanley Park commemorating Portuguese Joe, an interesting guy, who once lived in Stanley Park.
The Raven Statue is an artwork made from trees that fell during a windstorm.
K'Ayacht'n! is a piece of environmental art in Stanley Park
These are 3 circular murals that represent interesting British Columbia historical architecture.
Entwined is a piece of environmental art in Stanley Park.
Xapayay is a piece of ephemeral art in Stanley Park
Fringe is a piece of ephemeral art in Stanley Park.
Hibernators is a piece of ephemeral art in Stanley Park.
The Painters Circle is an area just north of the Information Booth and is a place where artist produce and sell paintings.