One man’s trash is another man’s treasure at art installation

Asim Waqif has repurposed items from local landfills and transfer stations into a unique, interactive outdoor art installation

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Vancouver Art Gallery Asim Waqif Salvage 2017 photo
New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif's exhibit is called "Salvage", and is composed of materials collected from repurpose stores, transfer stations and and landfills throughout metro Vancouver.

Walk by the Shangri-La hotel and residences on West Georgia Street and you’d be forgiven for thinking maintenance of the grounds had taken a turn for the worst.

An eclectic art installation by the Vancouver Art Gallery has repurposed items from metro Vancouver landfills and re-use stores into a unique outdoor exhibit.

The installation, Salvage, is by New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif, and it’s a striking contrast to the luxury hotel it sits next to.

The highlight of the installation is a small interior area, akin to what you might find inside an old garage, with vintage cans and jars, knick knacks and an old electric piano.

Doors, signs, and various bric-a-brac made of the exterior of the installation.

Salvage can be seen in person, free of charge on the plaza outside the Shangri-La hotel at West Georgia and Thurlow, through 2018.

Salvage by Asim Waqif in downtown Vancouver

New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif’s exhibit is called “Salvage”, and is composed of materials collected from repurpose stores, transfer stations and and landfills throughout metro Vancouver.

Wonder which local bridge this sign was originally from?

Vintage cans.

The art installation… is off the hook.
New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif’s exhibit is called “Salvage”, and is composed of materials collected from repurpose stores, transfer stations and and landfills throughout metro Vancouver.
New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif’s exhibit is called “Salvage”, and is composed of materials collected from repurpose stores, transfer stations and and landfills throughout metro Vancouver.
The interior is filled with old jars, cans and knick-knacks.