This art installation in downtown Vancouver, Canada, has the right idea about summer. Warm summer days drive people to porches and patios from coast to coast, and the “Porch Parade” offers a cool place to kick back. Entirely comprised of technicolor porches, the installation is a temporary addition to the downtown cityscape and will disappear at summer’s end. Porch Parade is the result of a VIVA Vancouver contest aimed at bringing more interesting public spaces to the downtown area.
The installation is a fanciful take on relaxation—notably because these porches aren’t attached to houses or any other kind of building. This row of sitting spaces is more akin to a movie set, where only the facades of buildings are constructed because the rest just isn’t necessary.
This “Porch Parade,” as it’s officially known, is the winner of a competition sponsored by VIVA Vancouver, the city’s art-forward effort to create more interesting public spaces. The contest challenge was to create a 24-hour-access public art installation with unique seating to be set up in a pedestrian space during the summer months. Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer of Chicago-based architectural design company Design With nailed it with this offering.
Although the structure is temporary, it seems well built. Granted, it had to be made sturdy enough to endure hordes of foot traffic in the peak visitor season for the British Columbia city. If you’re going for a long stroll in downtown Vancouver, keep an eye out for the brightly colored skyline—it’s on Robson Street—and take a moment to pull up a chair, watch the pedestrians go by, and savor summer while it lasts.
Images via VIVA Vancouver