In September 2011, BC PavCo, a BC provincial agency, contravened several sections of the Vancouver City Signage By-laws by erecting three giant outdoor video billboards at BC Place.
These enormous advertising screens are in very close proximity to, and directly facing, Vancouver’s densest group of glass residential buildings, creating intolerable light pollution.
Despite repeated calls from neighbourhood residents that the three flashing screens be removed, PavCo has done little to address this continued assault on the well-being of these families.
Families still suffering due to flashing outdoor digital billboards at BC Place Stadium. Read more…
Another Giant Media Screen
On February 11, 2015 the public was given the chance to offer input on an application to allow a large retractable screen on the new Telus Garden building in downtown Vancouver at a community open house.
Henriquez Partners Architects, on behalf of Westbank Corp. and TELUS, have applied to the City of Vancouver to amend the Sign By-law to permit an 7.5 m x 11 m media sign on the west facade of the building at 520 West Georgia Street, facing Seymour Street.
Another giant screen flashing images into the urban realm? Didn’t council just vote in favour of limiting outdoor light pollution? Read more from recent media coverage.
- Westbank and Telus seek city’s approval to highlight artists’ work on large sign on downtown building
- Telus Garden Screen Would Feature Culture-Rich Content: Developer
- Telus pitches giant Vancouver screen
- Giant Telus Garden media screen meant to ‘add some vibrancy’
David Cookson, a renewable-energy specialist who has spoken against the lighted billboard at B.C. Place, says he’s concerned for residents living near Telus Garden. Listen to Rick Cluff’s CBC Early Edition interview on the subject. Global News also covered the Telus high-rise screen story.
The screen still requires approval from Vancouver city hall. What do you think? Give your feedback.