The redevelopment of the Vancouver Waterfront Park is centered around making the waterfront accessible to the surrounding community for the first time in 100 years. The Waterfront Park spans 7-acres and connects the entire 20 block development with spaces for the public to relax and enjoy the waterfront view. In September of 2018 Larry Kirkland’s design for the Grant Street Pier opened to the public and has since received some well deserved recognition. With the Grant Street Pier now complete we turn our attention to the next phase of the project, Kirkland’s design for a Water Feature with a focus on education and exploration.
Kirkland’s design for the Water Feature serves as a community gathering place that will educate and inspire. A large granite wall at one end of the Water Feature features a bronze topographic map of the Columbia River Watershed showing park visitors how water affects their environment. The water will flow through and around marble slabs stacked and engraved with significant quotes about water in celebration of this waterway and our connection to this vital element.
Last year we traveled to Carrara, Italy to check in on the progress of the massive marble slabs being sliced and engraved as per the designs exact specifications. Since then the marble has been delivered to the work site and the installation team has begun placing them.