On July 21, 2018 Concert was thrilled to throw a Block Party event to unveil the stunning public art installation, Eyes on the Street and celebrate the new residents of The Creek, Concert’s master-plan community in Southeast False Creek.
Eyes on the Street, designed by renowned Vancouver artists Marie Khouri in collaboration with Charlotte Wall, comprises two mirrored stainless-steel forms in the shape and context of an eye, reinforcing the notion of residents continuously observing their surroundings, and reflecting on their own lives and their community.
The work is inspired by Jane Jacobs’ “eyes on the street” concept, which refers to people’s ability to observe and connect with others and their environment when urban design is thoughtful, diverse and accessible to maximize what Jacobs coined as “natural surveillance”.
The event, which took place in the Voda courtyard, built on this sense of community by providing residents with delicious fare from local establishments, Vera’s Burgers and Rain or Shine Ice Cream, and children’s face painting and balloon twisting.
Following an address by Concert President & Chief Executive Officer Brian McCauley and the artists, the Eyes on the Street sculpture was uncovered for the community to enjoy for the first time, together.
“A neighbourhood event is the perfect way to unveil the Eyes on the Street public art,” said Brian McCauley, Concert’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “Not only is this an opportunity for Concert to thank its newest residents, but it is a celebratory way to build connection and strengthen community.”
Commenting on the sculpture, Khouri and Wall said, “Eyes on the Street is a strong and graceful form that reflects everything around it like another pair of eyes looking at themselves and looking out at the community. Through Eyes on the Street, we are inspired to think of our neighbours, and to reflect on our own lives and our environment – and their interconnectedness.”
The sculpture is mounted in a lovely water feature located in a central courtyard, which provides a relaxing point of connection for residents of The Creek.