Street Banner Project

2019 Street Banner Project

The 2019 street banner program will officially launch on May 11th, 3 p.m. at the Outdoor Performance Stage in Leigh Square during May Days. Those in attendance will get a sneak peek at the 32 designs that will hang around the community. 

Siebens unique project, titled W-E-L-C-O-M-E to PoCo, will reflect and highlight the community of Port Coquitlam by featuring stylized images of local residents of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds in front of iconic sites and landmarks.

The designs will feature the word “welcome” in English and other languages, and the portrait subjects in each banner will be gesturing one letter in the word in American Sign Language.

Languages on Banners

Maligayang /Pagdating – Filipino

वेलकम – Hindi

欢迎 – Mandarin

Ласкаво/просимо  – Ukranian

Bienvenido – Spanish

Bienvenue – French

ʔəm̓i ce:p kʷətxʷiləm – Salish

When installed in late April, the street banners will fit together like a puzzle, spelling out “welcome” as people travel down the street. As a collection, the banners will capture the cultural and demographic diversity of Port Coquitlam while showcasing its natural and built landmarks.

The project was selected by a street banner committee for its creative approach in how it highlights the community and its people. It is part of the 2019 Capture Photography Festival, a festival devoted to presenting the most compelling lens-based art from local and international artists throughout Metro Vancouver.

Siebens has exhibited her projects at galleries such as Eyebeam in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris, while her documentaries have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and on PBS. A former dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and the Bonn Ballet in Germany, she studied film and graduated from New York University. Now based in Vancouver, she has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, UNIT/PITT, Frankfurt Ballet and at ACME, London with artist Keith Doyle. She projected a large scale film onto the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2018.
Port Coquitlam’s Street Banner Program invites artists to propose a public artwork that reflects, contemplates and highlights the community of Port Coquitlam: its people, natural beauty, defining features, and contexts. Street banners are installed for one year and are accompanied by an artist-led public workshop.

Contact

Nikki Hillman | City of Port Coquitlam
Arts & Culture Program Assistant
T: 604.927.8441  | E: hillmann@portcoquitlam.ca  
2253 Leigh Square | Port Coquitlam, BC | V3C 3B8