Art in the Open


written by Cassandra Metcalfe


Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.

— Henry Miller


Freight Elevator – River Market

Artist: Unknown


Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.

— Oscar Wilde


Artist: Unknown


Sometimes it is the simplest thing. Crating boxes full of planters I had not sold during a long and unsuccessful market day, frustrated, tired, into the freight elevator at River Market I looked down to see a trail of peanuts traced into the corner, leading to a crow. On my way in to the market I had seen and captured some rather unique pieces on train cars outside, but I had not expected, in the freight elevator of all places, to find a tiny aesthetic thrill.

‘The Raven’  – Granville Island

Artists: Larissa Healy, Bill St-Jean, Corey Hunter, Amie Milot.


These tiny thrills have indeed become expected, though not less valued, in my journeying. I continue to find joy and inspiration every time I leave the house. The lesser ones no different than the greater.


Artist: Unknown


This series, Art in the Open, is about the journey, about the moment when the light inking on the skytrain wall takes a shape in front of your eyes, when an exquisite Raven mural is seen from just the right angle, in just the right light, when an upward look, while on the can, reveals a sneaky little sticker, straddling a pipe, or when a first-time detour through an underpass reveals a familiar sticker tag blown up to life-size on the wall.


Artist: D’OH!


The beauty in these moments is ever-changing and never altered in its essence of discovery.

Join me again, if you will, and let us discover art:

Here, There, and Everywhere


*Art in the Open is now open to year round submissions. Click HERE for more information and for submission guidelines*


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All images and video in this piece were taken with an iPhone 5S by the author.