Public Art in Vancouver

Angels Among Lions

By (author): John Steil, Aileen Stalker
ISBN 9781894898799
Softcover | Publication Date: March 31, 2009
Book Dimensions: 6 in x 9 in
192 Pages

About the Book

Featuring more than 500 public art installations, this is the essential guide for anyone interested in Vancouver, its people and its artists.

The character of a city is revealed by its public art—what it collectively places on its streets and walls and in its public spaces. As a city known internationally for its breathtaking cityscapes and mountain backdrop, Vancouver has much to offer visually including the diverse and thriving public art found in the city’s neighbourhoods. Public Art in Vancouver: Angels Among Lions is the first comprehensive guidebook that explores Vancouver through the eyes of public art.

Engaging colour photos and detailed descriptions that focus on the historical and cultural context of each art piece, its place in modern art and the artist who created it allow for a greater understanding of these urban treasures. Easy-to follow maps take readers to communities and destinations such as False Creek, Chinatown, the West End, Downtown North and South, East Vancouver, Van- Dusen Botanical Garden, Stanley Park and the University of British Columbia. Tour the better known and the hidden art installations that are made from every possible medium and include monuments, paintings, murals, tapestries, figures, First Nations art, relics, busts, fountains, gateways, mosaics, sculptures and reliefs.

About the Author(s)

John Steil was raised in Edmonton and moved to Vancouver in 1992. He is a community planning consultant for a major Canadian consulting firm and has had numerous articles published in Albertan and Canadian planning journals. John is also a Vancouver visual artist, and works from his studio where Chinatown, Gastown and the Port meet. Please visit

Aileen Stalker is the co-author of Paddling Through History: Sea Kayak Vancouver and Victoria (RMB 2005) and Understanding Regulation Disorders of Sensory Processing in Children (2007), and is the author of a children’s book, The One and Only Sam: A Story Explaining Idioms for Children with Asperger Syndrome and Other Communication Difficulties (2009). Originally from Ontario, she has lived in British Columbia for over 30 years, and as an author she is on her fifth career, after working as an occupational therapist, elementary school teacher, tutor and mother. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


“Stalker and Steil have assembled their book into 12 public art walks that break the city down neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Stretch your legs and stretch your mind at the same time.”—The Vancouver Sun

“Every city needs a book like Public Art in Vancouver, a kind of walking tour through the public art. This is a fantastic, well conceived and executed book.”—January Magazine