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Street banner program records
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- Textual record
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- Vancouver (B.C.). Street Decoration Committee
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- 0.04 m of textual records
- ca. 1000 photographs
- 134 banners
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The Vancouver Street Decoration Committee is a voluntary committee of citizens which reports to City Council. It is responsible for overseeing the artistic development of the Vancouver Summer Street Banners which festoon city streets from May to October. The Committee works closely with the Electrical Design Branch of Engineering Services (formerly referred to as the Engineering Department), which administers the technical side of the Summer Street Banner Program and looks after the installation of banners.
The banners have provided a palette of unique scope and scale for artists. Many of these artists are well known, and include Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Rudy Kovach, Jack Shadbolt, Barbara Shelly, Gordon Smith, Takao Tanabe, Len Norris, Tony Onley, and Sam Black.
The Councils of the City have funded the program every year since 1958, when the banners were an element of a comprehensive, widespread decoration theme as part of Vancouver’s participation in the celebration of British Columbia’s Centenary.
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Series consists of notes, photographs, media kits and banners relating to the Committee's activities to document the artists' work and the hanging of the banners on Vancouver streets. Arranged into three subseries: Administrative files, Photographs and Banners. The artists whose works are included: Boque Babiki (1967), Nick Bantock (2003), Alistair Bell (1996), Arts Umbrella students (1997), Elizabeth Bell (2002), Sam Black (1990), Genny Chapman (1968), Diana Zoe Coop (1994), Joe David (1978), Robert Davidson (1978), Friedrich Peter (1995), Herb Gilbert (1970), Sherry Gower (1976), Marnie Healy (1988), David Hornblow (1984, 1986 & 1998), Gale Hunter (1969), Don Jarvis (1993), Marken Joysen (1972, 1975 & 1980), Julie Kemble (1985), Roy Keyooka (1960), Rudy Kovak (1965, 1980, 1986 & 2006), Lavina Lightbaun (1973), Bill McLennan (1983), Michael Morris (1976), Len Norris (1980), Toni Onley (1989), Mrs. Popperwell (1974), Margaret Rankin (1988), Elizabeth Rathje (2000), Geof Reese (1964), Bill Reid (1986, 1991, 2001), Evelyn Roth (1979), Jack Shadbolt (1976, 1977 & 1992), Barbara Shelly (1982), Gordon Smith (1976), Jane Sutherland (1981), Takao Tanabe (1962 & 1963), The Design Works (1987), Alan Wood (2000), and Heather Woodall (1971).
Immediate source of acquisition
The records were transferred by Helen Chomolok and Bill Halliday, Electrical and Equipment Services, on several different occasions in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996; Bob Martin, Street Lighting & Utilities Management, 1997 and 1999 and donated by UNICEF, 1999; and Helen Chomolok and June Magbitang in 2003 and 2006.
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