A beautiful spectacle: public art brings life to the future Capstan station
TransLink has long served as the canvas for various public art projects in Metro Vancouver. The latest being a collaboration between three artists from Richmond that stands at the foot of what will soon be the Canada Line’s Capstan station.
We asked three Richmond artists to think about how a transportation hub can foster community, and they responded with three vibrant murals that wrap around the on-site picket fence.
Transporting is a digital fresco by artist Dawn Lo who imagines the future Capstan SkyTrain station and its surroundings. When completed, Capstan Station will be an active transportation hub surrounded by expansive public spaces for people to enjoy while playing, relaxing and socializing.
Illustrated as a series of activities emerging from portals, Lo envisions people jogging, biking, walking their dog, dancing, reading, and making art. The vibrant colors and dynamic poses of the mural illustrate the energy and movement of the future site and amplify the playful and creative impulses of the various activities.
Dawn Lo is an illustrator whose work has appeared in picture books, stationery, greeting cards, public art installations, and more. Born in Hong Kong, she is currently based in Richmond, BC. Check out more of his work on Instagram.
Passages is a living representation of the natural wonders, stunning local landmarks and thriving transportation system that make Richmond a historical and cultural gem in the region. Artist Laura Kwok looks back on the city’s rich transportation history to celebrate the significant impact it has had on the evolution of Richmond and the wider region.
An aircraft from the early 1900s is shown as a nod to the town’s rich aviation history, which was instrumental in the advancement of aviation in Western Canada in the 20th century. To the left of the mural, a historic Steveston fishing boat is depicted and to the right, a bicycle along the greenway. Representing the ever-growing transportation system, a TransLink bus, SeaBus, and a smiling SkyTrain run through the center of the mural.
Richmond’s well-known landmarks give the mural a sense of familiarity. From Garry Point Park and its cherry blossoms and historic Britannia Dockyard homes to the iconic Olympic Oval and Aberdeen Centre, and more, residents will recognize the beloved places that call Richmond their home. The artist also reflects on the local flora and fauna, showcasing the natural and diverse beauty that makes Richmond the beautiful and special place that it is.
Laura Kwok is a Richmond-based artist and illustrator. Inspired by nature, wildlife and travel, her work recreates these themes in a colorful and imaginative style. She launched her Art + Soul Creative Co. stationery brand in 2016 and continues to design and illustrate her own line of products. In addition to working with clients and creating commercial artwork, Laura is passionate about pursuing her own large scale artwork and mural projects.
Laura adds another layer to her art with an immersive scavenger hunt of local landmarks, animals and flowers that can be found in the mural? Load the Great Wall Treasure Hunt here.
Connection is a digital mural by artist Jeni Chen that visualizes the future Capstan SkyTrain station and the many ways the new transportation hub will connect people and foster community. Once built, Capstan Station will be a major active multimodal transportation hub surrounded by expansive public spaces to gather, relax, celebrate and play.
In his work, Chen shows groups of people dancing, viewing artwork, playing sports, walking their dogs, and gathering against the backdrop of coastal mountains, the Fraser River, and the sky. Running through the artwork, a blue line of the SkyTrain symbolizes how the transportation system connects us to the community and gives us access to recreation, culture, the arts, and festive times.
Jeni Chen is a Richmond-based artist. She received a Certificate in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2018 and has completed several public art projects in British Columbia. As a mother and teacher of community arts programs, Chen sees how bright and creative children are. She wrote and illustrated a picture book called Emet’s Box to encourage children to explore their intelligence and creativity. See more of Jeni’s work on Instagram.
Special thanks to the City of Richmond Public Art Program for introducing TransLink to these three talented artists.