After successfully creating a unique and innovative underwater experience in 2019 where the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) teamed up with the Vancouver Aquarium to showcase the importance of respecting the oceans, the YVR team has once again utilized the space for another community project.
As part of the 2022 Vancouver Pride Festival, the YVR teamed up with the Vancouver Pride Society to create an art piece that highlights their support as an airport that welcomes all. The artwork spans over 66 windows on the crossover between the Domestic Terminal and Vancouver Airport Skytrain station. The stunning and vibrant artwork was designed by local artist, Lindsey McEwan. In an interview with the airport she said:
“My aim was to include as many of the (over 32+) pride flags as possible. Each representing queer communities around the world, I placed them in a way that demonstrated how intertwined we are while keeping the integrity of each flag used”
We were honored to be selected as the printing partner for this beautiful collaboration and we highly recommend checking it out in person if you get a chance. It is located on the crossway between the Domestic Terminal Building and the Vancouver Airport Skytrain Station.
"public art and design that elevates built environments to uplift and amplify communities."
Lindsey McEvan (Artist)
As with all large-scale projects, it all started with a pre-production meeting to go over the process, site measurements, timeline, and testing.
After reconfirming the window sizes and adjusting the artwork, we ran a few internal tests at various ink densities to ensure product quality matches the vision of our client, all in all, while ensuring the additional elements of text and icons remain vivid.
The whole project spanned over 2 weeks with 4 full nights of installation and over 1600+ sqft of windows covered.
The unique experience of feeling like you are under water comes from the creative design and printing process. Solid elements such as text, icons, and kelp forest are all printed in three layers, while the water (gaps between the plantation) is printed with one layer of ink. When light passes through (whether natural or artificial), it gets blocked through the three layered areas while passing through the single layer. This lights the whole image up, while allowing you to see through the windows to create an illusion of walking under water.
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