Should Heart Of Davie Village sign be a permanent feature in West End?
Scott Brown - VANCOUVER SUN
Published on: December 29, 2017
The Heart of Davie Village - Vancouver | 36 x 36 | Oil on canvas | 2018
The Heart of Davie Village is a 4×4-foot heart-shaped neon sign that was unveiled earlier this month as part of the Lumiere Vancouver winter light festival.
Artist Jim Balakshin, the sign’s designer, described the Heart of Dave Village as “a recognition of the historical geography of the Davie Village and the contributions of the community towards the political advancements of LGBTQ2+ rights across Canada.”
The art piece, installed at Davie Street near Burrard, is only scheduled to be up until the third week of February but there is an active campaign to keep the sign there forever.
More than 500 people have signed an online petition at Change.org to make the sign permanent.
“The community just loves this new sign, but it’s not permanent yet. There are some hurdles to overcome, such as insurance and the fact it sits on private property. Show your support to make this a permanent sign in Davie Village by signing our petition. This petition will be shared with the West End BIA, and it is hoped that the #heartofdavievillage sign will become permanent,” the petition reads.