Œuvre d'art public


Shani Mootoo, Untitled, 1992
Vancouver SkyTrain, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Mootoo, Shani
Text author(s): 
Mootoo, Shani
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 
Platforms of stations, advertising boxes

Photographic image placed in a billboard

Text of the artwork: 

It is a crime that I should
Have to use your language
To tell you how I feel that
You have taken mine from me.

Text theme: 
Racism, assimilation
Artwork theme: 
Minority cultural experience

The Billboard Series Art: Public Art Exhibition, organized by the Active ARTIFACTS Cultural Association (coordinator: Don Murray; commissioners: Melinda Mollineaux and Marianne Nicholson) by BC Transit Vancouver Regional Transit System. Box Subsequent Event Artropolis 93 (1993) in Vancouver.

January 9 to July 8, 1992

THE BILLBOARD ART SERIES is a public art exhibition which features the original works of 15 Canadian artists and reflects the concerns, aspirations and traditions of a culturally diverse society. The series follows on the success of two previous public art exhibitions hosted by BC Transit – TRANSPOSITIONS in 1990 and ARTROPOLIS in 1991. There are a total of 15 works, 5 of which are featured each month at 2 different stations.


The Billboard Art Series

Ballerone, J. J. (1992).  The Billboard Art Series. Vancouver : Transit, Vancouver Regional Transit System,

Artropolis 93 : Public Art and Art About Public Issues

Kelly, Sue, Lisa Langford, Francesca Lund (1993).  Artropolis 93 : Public Art and Art About Public Issues. Vancouver : A. T. Eight Artropolis Society, p. 168