Bruce Emmett | Mill Project

Posted: Fri, 2012-05-11 13:37

Bruce Emmett's (Low Residency MAA candidate) Mill Project re-imagines a site in West Vancouver which has held three unique histories: the Vedder River Shingle Mill, West Vancouver Secondary School and the Inglewood "Mill" Skatepark.

Constructed in 1977, the skateboard park was the first in Canada, only to be deliberately buried underneath six feet of soil and rock, little more than seven years after its creation. The community's reaction against youth skate subculture was marked in time by this physical act of erasure.

The subterranean artifact of the skatepark embodies the Mill Project: an evocative investigation of subcultural identity, dominant ideologies, mythologies, and local history.

Curated by Landscape Urbanist Alyssa Schwann, Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

The Mill Project runs from May 9 to June 16, 2012.

For more information, please visit the West Vancouver Museum.