May 13, 2014 3:25 pm

Trees wrapped in pink fabric puzzle Vancouverites

Courtesy: Brett Hitchins

Social media is abuzz with pictures of mysterious “pink trees” gracing the area in front of the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver.

The trees wrapped in fuchsia coloured fabric have piqued the interest of many, wondering about the occasion for the arboreal festiveness.

It turns out the trees are part of an installation called Project Urban Fabric.

The project is the brainchild of the BC Society of Landscape Architects that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Society president Jacqueline Lowe says they wanted to take the public space at the corner of Burrard and Nelson Street that was designed by landscape architects and take it over in an artistic way.

“We wanted to engage the public and raise the profile of what it is that landscape architects do,” says Lowe.

In total, 160 metres of spandex fabric were used to wrap up the trees.

She says the fuchsia colour gave them the pop that they were looking for.

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“We did not really have to use staples or anything that would hurt the trees,” says Lowe. “So we are not doing any damage that way.”

The Vancouver Park Board told Global News parks staff have determined that the wrappings will not damage the trees.

Lowe says they have plans to take the installation across the province for the rest of the anniversary year, including locations on Vancouver Island, the Interior and additional sites in the Lower Mainland.

The installation at the Sheraton Wall Centre will be in place until May 17.

Lowe says they have received a lot of positive feedback and questions about the exhibit so far.

“A lot of people are complimenting it saying it is nice to see the brightness. People say it is refreshing and makes them feel like summer is almost here,” she says.

When the project is complete, Lowe says they plan to donate the fabric and recycle all materials.

“If any school, stage company, or community group are interested in receiving the fabric used, they are welcome to contact us,” she says.

PHOTO GALLERY: Trees in pink

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