Public Art Registry
A Brighter Future
Twenty (20) transit shelter advertisement locations around the city
Two-dimensional artwork
In place
Platforms: Nine Places for Seeing
Description of work

PlatformsNine Places for Seeing is a series of temporary public art projects that presented from June 2023 until the end of 2025.

PlatformsNine Places for Seeing commissioned 21 local xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and urban Indigenous artists. 

Selected artworks were displayed on the following platforms: 

  • Billboards along 6th Avenue between Arbutus and Fir 
  • Light box at šxʷƛ̓ exən Xwtl’a7shn Plaza  
  • Banners at Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch  
  • Glass wall at City Centre Canada Line Station  
  • Transit shelter posters throughout the city 
  • VanLive! video screen, Robson St and Granville St 
  • Glass wall at Marine Drive Canada Line Station 
  • Windows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre 
  • Windows at the Vancouver Playhouse 
Artist statement

A Brighter Future presented on twenty transit-shelter posters throughout the city from November 6 to December 17, 2023.

His painting, Brighter Future, is about his connection to the community and his belief that the future will be better as each generation moves forward in time and away from the legacy of the residential and day school system.

In terms of generational history, Gordon’s family is also quite artistic. His dad was an accomplished musician, whose work is featured on a national Indigenous folk CD. He played guitar and was a lead vocalist in a band that played at Expo 86, the Stein Valley, and in many of the bars in the downtown eastside. Gordon’s youngest son follows in these footsteps, turning his attention to artmaking like his father and grandfather. These legacies and attention to generational resilience are paramount for Gordon.

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