Ken Lum’s public art piece, “Monument for East Vancouver” transforms an ad-hoc symbol of regional pride (or defiance, membership or territorial claim) into a new landmark on the city’s skyline.
This piece is controversial… Some people love it, and some people hate it.
There are many opinions and interpretations of where the East Van cross came from, and what it means…
I have gradually grown to love this piece. It stands at the corner of Clark Drive and Great Northern Way, facing downtown Vancouver like a ginormous middle finger, as if to say “Take that, rest of the city! We’re East Van!”
Like it or not, it’s definitely a symbol.