‘At Home’: Artwork Sharing COVID-10 Stories Unveiled in North Van City

The mosaic piece is on 15th Street and Grand Boulevard in North Van.

Born out of a desire to connect the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of North Vancouver’s latest mosaic public artwork has been unveiled.

Located at the corner of 15th Street and Grand Boulevard, At home is a response to the effects of the pandemic on the community and is the final stage of the North Van City Mosaic Project, one of five projects created by the Mayor’s Healthiest Small Towns Social Resilience Collective.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been times when everyone has felt isolated and alone. These challenges have compelled communities to act,” said City of North Vancouver Mayor Linda Buchanan. “That’s why I’ve brought together the Mayor’s Healthiest Small Towns Social Resilience Collective to facilitate new community connections and create a space where people can have their voices and stories recognized. At home mosaic was one of the collective’s projects initiated to strengthen our resilience and give hope. I’m so proud to see it unveiled.

Supported by funding from the City of North Vancouver, North Van Arts, United Way of the Lower Mainland, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Board, North Shore and North Shore Family Services Neighborhood House, the project was built and brought to life by artist Blake Williams.

Created in two phases, people who had a connection to North Van, whether through work or play, were invited to submit their personal stories of COVID through pictures and words. Artists Sandrine Pelissier and art therapist Sophie Babeanu facilitated the collection of stories.

Each of the submitted artworks was then combined to create a digital mosaic image of hands in the shape of a heart located in the shipyard district.

The second phase of the project saw selected images shared on the digital mosaic, including drawings, paintings and photographs of community members, to form Blake’s public artwork, depicting hope and resilience.

A digital flipbook was created from the over 700 images and stories submitted by the community and is viewable on the North Van Arts website.

This story has been edited to further clarify the role of artists at each stage of the process. Artist Blake Williams created “At Home”.