Originally shown in an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1974, this colourful mosaic depicting a view from the Stanley Park Seawall of a cruise ship passing under the Lion’s Gate Bridge was a part of Background/Vancouver, a photo-mapping initiative conceived and produced by Michael de Courcy. This tile mural, likely inspired from one of de Courcy’s photographs, was once located on the outer wall of the Admiral Hotel at 4125 Hastings Street in North Burnaby.
Michael de Courcy (1944-present) is a multi-disciplinary artist who variously employs photography, screenprinting, video, performance, and digital media in order to continue to make his work accessible to the community at large. Born in Montréal, Quebec in 1944, he studied there at the École des Beaux Arts and at the Vancouver School of Art. He has taught photography and printmaking at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Native Education Centre, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has exhibited internationally since 1969.