Marpole Street Beautification

New street banners designed by Emily Carr University student artist reflect a modern snapshot of Marpole.

March 11, 2014 — Vancouver, BC -- The Marpole Business Improvement Association (BIA) is delighted to present its latest street banner project, currently on display along Granville Street in the Marpole community.

The Marpole BIA has sponsored a street banner program since its inception in 2000, as part of community identification and beautification programming. This year's banner project began in Fall 2013, as a design competition in collaboration with chART public art marpole collaborative partners, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

The winning design was created by student Set Narathipphatthara, an international Illustration student from Thailand, studying at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. His passion lies in various forms of illustration such as concept art, comic, and advertisement. The subtle use of negative space and dark humour in his illustration work reveals the notion of adaptation which represents his experience of growing up independently in various places in both Asia and North America.

"We are thrilled to showcase the talented work from the student design competition through our partners at Emily Carr University," says Marpole BIA Executive Director Claudia Laroye. "This modern and striking street banner design highlights many of the important physical elements that are part of our community - the Arthur Laing Bridge, north arm of the Fraser River, and airport traffic from YVR."

The street banner will be on display until June, and will reappear next spring as part of a regular banner rotation.

The Marpole BIA extends its thanks to the artist, Set Narathipphatthara, Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Derwin Talon, Illustration Program, and Ashley Guindon, chART public art marpole Coordinator, for their support and assistance.