It’s one of the first things you notice when visiting the CBC/Radio-Canada Vancouver Broadcast Centre. The giant 38’ x 29’ art exhibit, also known as “The Wall” at CBC/Radio-Canada, is a showcase of artworks based on the theme of the “Built Environment of Vancouver”.
The Wall is a unique creative partnership between the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, JJ Bean Coffee, and CBC/Radio-Canada. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation selects the curator and artist through a committee consisting of artists, VHF directors, CBC archives staff, and interested members of the public. JJ Bean Coffee, who owns a retail space in front of “The Wall”, donates 8% of coffee sales to fund the installation of the artwork.
The current showcase, “A Room At the Roxy” is extra special to CBC/Radio-Canada as it’s the first exhibit from the CBC archives. The exhibit is curated by CBC Vancouver Media Librarian, Christine Hagemoen. The production is a still taken from the 1957 studio-shot drama, “A Room At the Roxy”, captured by then CBC Vancouver staff photographer, Alvin Armstrong. The image features a critical moment in the drama and gives the illusion of capturing a real moment in time.
The next time you’re visiting the CBC/Radio-Canada Vancouver Broadcast Centre, take a moment to reflect on a piece of CBC/Radio-Canada history captured on “The Wall”.
- May Lam, Senior Communications Officer, CBC British Columbia