Public Artwork

Dyke House

Shaira Holman, Lizard Jones & River Sui, Dyke House, 1992
Shaira Holman, Lizard Jones & River Sui, Dyke House, 1992
Various, 1100 Burnaby Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Holman, Shaira; Jones, Lizard; Sui, River
Text author(s): 
The Public
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 
4 locations: 1204 Georgia, East of Vancouver; 303 8th Avenue, West front, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver; 4000 Manchester Drive, New Westminster Street; 1100 Burnaby Street, West Vancouver

This installation was placed in the back of a truck and moved to 4 different locations during the summer of 1992

Text of the artwork: 

[At the beginning:]

This looks like a nice neighbourhood
Yeah, I feel safe here.

[Added, 3 days:]

I don’t think people mind that we’re together.
well, we should still be careful about kissing
in the street.

[Added, 5 days:]

I met a lesbian who lives down the block
Great! This is becoming a dike neighbourhood.

Text theme: 
Homophobia, homosexuality (lesbian)
Artwork theme: 
Homophobia, homosexuality (lesbian), visibility, identity and safety of homosexuals in an urban residential district.
Exhibition Out of Place, organized by the Association for Noncommercial Culture
Exhibition from  July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1993. Work described as follows:

August 4 to 11, 1992: 1204 Georgia, East Vancouver
August 12 to 19, 1992, 303, 8th Avenue, Western Front, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver 
August 20 to 26, 1992: 4000 Manchester Drive, New Westminster
August 27 to September 4, 1992: 1100 Burnaby Street, West End Vancouver
Event date(s): 

Out of Place

Larson, Jacqueline, Monika Kin Gagnon, Sandra Edmunds (1993).  Out of Place. Vancouver : Association for Noncommercial Culture