Hot on the heels of the colourful makeover of an alley south of Hastings Street (also known as Alley-Oop), the Downtown Vancouver BIA is turning its sights to another laneway just off Granville for an even more exciting transformation.

The DVBIA has started a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of funding a new sound and light art installation for Ackery’s Alley in Vancouver’s Entertainment District. The alley runs east of Granville Street, between Smithe and Robson, and adjacent to the Orpheum Theatre.

Renowned international artist Alex Beim will create an interactive art installation in the laneway. There will be sensors to detect the presence of a person, which will change colours and emit sounds in reaction to their movements. 

The installation, named “FIELD”, will be a large musical and light instrument that creates a unique composition every time someone passes by. 

Ackery's Alley rendering
Graphic representation of Ackery’s Alley, with FIELD installed. Credit: More Awesome Now
Light and dance rendering
Graphic representation of the public art installation “FIELD”, showing people dancing in the laneway. Credit: More Awesome Now

The laneway will be transformed with red velvet paint, artful signage, gold paneling, reflective metals, vertical projection walls, and what’s described as a “10-foot diameter white inflatable beacon orb.”

The group behind the project, More Awesome Now, includes the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), and HCMA Architecture + Design, in partnership with Vancouver Civic Theatres and the City of Vancouver’s VIVA Vancouver program.

The artist, Alex Beim of Tangible Interaction, has collaborated with the likes of Blue Man Group, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Chemical Brothers, and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. His work fuses graphic, industrial, and audio design as well as programming and electronics engineering. 

To view the Kickstarter campaign, click here.