Less than a month after it went up, Vancouver’s new ‘Barge Chilling Beach’ sign has been vandalized.
Yellow graffiti now covers the name of the beach between English Bay and Sunset Beach, which was temporarily invented after the barge that washed ashore during the November floods.
After several failed attempts to remove it, the barge gained a celebrity status in Vancouver, inspiring memes, swag and calls to make it a permanent part of the landscape.
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The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation put up the sign on December 15, 2021 as a way to “get the best out of a bad situation,” it said at the time.
On Monday, the city council. Sarah Kirby-Yung expressed frustration over the vandalism on Twitter, saying she was “tired.
“This sign was a little thing that gave a little frivolity and a smile in a hard time. We need more kindness, not the opposite,” she wrote.
On Instagram, New Westminster-based multimedia artist Ronnie Dean Harris, also known as Ostwelve, said graffiti is the squamous word “Í7iy̓el̓shn”, whose spelling is derived from Squamish Atlas.
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Stō: lo / St’át’imc / Nlaka’pamux actor and composer said the area was described by Squamish leader Andy Paull in 1932 as “Little English Bay, literally” another soft spot underfoot “, a small sandy beach that used to run along from around Broughton and Nicola streets. “
“Now that this stupid barge got a sign … you can NOT tell me it’s that hard to get some traditional place name signs around the cities,” he wrote.
In an email statement, the Vancouver Parks Board said the Barge Chilling Beach sign “was only meant to be a temporary installation to provide some fun and light-heartedness in these challenging times.”
“We saw a stream of positive feedback online and in person, and are pleased that society in general enjoyed it,” wrote Jeannine Guérette of marketing and communications.
“With that said, we are committed to reconciliation [sic], and has been developing a naming policy that reflects these values. “
Guérette said the selection of permanent native names for places takes care of and collaborates with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and several such projects are currently underway.
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