Œuvre d'art public

Unlimited Growth Increases The Divide

Kathryn Walter, Unlimited Growth IncreasesThe Divide, 1990
Kathryn Walter, Unlimited Growth IncreasesThe Divide, 1990
Vancouver Art Gallery; Del-Mar hotel, 555 rue Hamilton , Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Walter, Kathryn
Text author(s): 
Walter, Kathryn
Installation year: 

L'oeuvre se compose d'un texte au-dessus de l'entrée de la galerie.

Text of the artwork: 

Unlimited Growth IncreasesThe Divide

Text theme: 
Déclaration politique

BC Hydro possède les terrains autour du bâtiment. Comme le propriétaire n'a pas voulu vendre son bâtiment, BC Hydro a dû redessiner ses plans.



"The strategy behind "Unlimited Growth ..." is direct. It is directed at those who operate our free-market economy in their own interests, while excluding those interests that would be 'responsive to the needs of the community'. The subtext to "Unlimited Growth .." relates to several aspects of public art including the need to address the use of site-specific work as a way of intervening in local issues, and in this instance, acting as a marker of resistance by the economically marginalized, as represented by a parallel gallery and a hotel providing affordable housing. Walter raises questions related to the systems underlying the transactions and power-plays that constitute normal business in the world of real estate development. In Walter's art the museum without walls is also a museum OF walls, walls new and old, as well as those walls that perpetuate economic class distinctions. Her text on the façade of the Del-Mar Hotel will stand as a witness to the various power-plays, including the threat to move B.C. Hydro's head office to the suburb of Burnaby, that led to the development surrounding 553-555 Hamilton Street."


Source: City of Vancouver (2008). Public Art Registry.



Public Art in Vancouver. Angels Among Lions

Steil, John, Aileen Stalker (2009).  Public Art in Vancouver. Angels Among Lions. Vancouver : TouchWood Editions, p. 176