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City selects first Artist-in-Residence for Engineering Services

January 10 2018

“We had such a talented and diverse pool of artists who applied. We are thrilled to welcome Germaine Koh in as our artist-in-residence,” says Marisa Espinosa, Director of Green Operations for Engineering Services.

Germaine Koh, Artist-in-Residence for Engineering department

The City of Vancouver is pleased to announce Germaine Koh as the new Artist-in-Residence for its Engineering department. Koh is an internationally active, Vancouver-based artist whose work often intervenes in existing technological, architectural, and social systems to create connections.

Locally, Koh’s work has been seen at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Or Gallery, at Elm Park Field House, and currently, at a permanent installation at Sunset Park. Koh will be the first artist-in-residence to Engineering Services in recent years. 

Learn more about Germaine Koh and her work 

“We had such a talented and diverse pool of artists who applied. We are thrilled to welcome Germaine Koh in as our artist-in-residence,” says Marisa Espinosa, Director of Green Operations for Engineering Services. “Germaine has an amazing vision for this residency and she will challenge us to think creatively about our infrastructure and how it interfaces with the public. Germaine’s contributions remind us how we are all connected to the city and the communities we serve.” 

The goal for the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) will be to work as a collaborator and advisor for the engineering department in developing opportunities to integrate art and creative design within the City’s infrastructure and operations, as well as to identify opportunities for both temporary and permanent public art installations. 

“My work is concerned with revealing the systems, structures and technologies that a society uses to organize itself, often by playfully suggesting connections between apparently disparate phenomena,” says artist Germaine Koh. “I’m sure I’m not alone in being curious about the often-hidden workings of the urban and natural environments, so I’m excited about the prospect of delving into the city’s infrastructure. I commend the City of Vancouver and Engineering Services department for creating a position that invites an artist to look widely across their different operations and help bring them to light.”

Read more about the AIR program