Friday, January 15, 2010

Lookin' Good: Ken Lum's East Van sign

There's a nice set of images up on Graham Barron Design's blog of Ken Lum's East Van signs, which went up this past week in Vancouver. Also a nice discussion of the points it's raising in the city. Worth a read! Wish I was there to see it.

Image from Graham Barron Design


L.M. said...

That is a brilliant piece.

Leah Sandals said...


Anonymous said...

Awful, awful, awful. I am embarrassed for my neighbourhood. A gang symbol that will be interpreted by people who don't know any better as a religious one. Wonderful.

Leah Sandals said...

Hey Anonymous,

Thanks for your comment... I hadn't thought about the piece that way... but opening up text/symbols/signs for different interpretations or usages does seem to be part of Lum's oeuvre. So maybe he's happy with that? Who knows?

Graphically, the piece/symbol is (unfortunately for you, I guess), really strong. It sticks in the mind... an effective "brand" I guess, though attaching meaning to that brand is different for different people.

What do your neighbours think? Have you guys talked about this?

Entson said...

check out the comments

Check out another EastVan icon :
and the video

"East Van" - By Chris Walter

the Woodward's sign - is back!

Leah Sandals said...

Whoa. Thanks Entson,