Vancouver artist Ken Lum, renowned for his sculpture of a large sign that says “East Van” in the shape of a cross, has created a new exhibit consisting of a small replica of a Vancouver Special, a common home design.
The first Vancouver Specials went up after the Second World War to accommodate an influx of immigrants coming to Canada looking for a better life. They were designed to maximize square footage on relatively small lots.
Lum’s exhibit, called Vancouver Especially, is a commentary on current real estate, wealth, and building style in Vancouver.
The installation is funded by non-profit organization 221A and will remain on-site until mid-February 2016.