Reclamation-Powell Street

woodcut, contemporary prints, Chinatown, Vancouver
05/05/2016
Dimensions: 22"X38" image
PrintmakingRelief PrintsUrban Industrial
Photo Credit: E. Rausenberg

A six-color reduction woodprint portraying the facade of an 1890's building on Powell Street, Vancouver. Owned by the Uchida family, it was prominent in the Japanese community until it was confiscated and subsequently sold during the Second World War. The Ming Sun Benevolent Society bought 439 Powell in 1971. In 2013, it was almost demolished but following protests, the building was saved. The lanterns were hung as a symbol of occupation and remain suspended against the face of the structure. I was interested in both the uniqueness of this protest, as well as the distinctive profile of this building, the lanterns flashes of primary red against the muted colors of deterioration.