August 31, 2014 1:52 pm

“Dude Chilling Park” sign goes missing

The Dude Chilling Park sign, a controversial piece of public art, is missing.

Marie Ng

The sign that captured a fair amount of attention and became a permanent fixture in an East Vancouver park in February is now missing.

The “Dude Chilling Park” sign, which is located at Guelph Park on 8th Avenue and Guelph Street is considered “public art”, went missing sometime in the last 24 hours. All that’s left are the two posts that once held the parody sign.

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In November 2013, the “Dude Chilling Park” sign was installed at the park by a local artist as a parody of official park signs. The mock sign was initially taken down but then the Vancouver Park Board approved the new sign in February 2014 after a petition calling for its return garnered more than 1,800 signatures.

The sign was officially approved as a piece of public artwork but not without some opposition from area residents.

In February, Steven Bohus of RAMP, the Residents Association of Mount Pleasant, said his organization was not consulted about the sign.

“People worked very hard to clean up the area and this sign sends the wrong signal,” Bohus said.

“There are far more important things to worry about in Mt. Pleasant. We shouldn’t be arguing about this, we should be getting on with improving our parks system, and we are parks deficient in Mount Pleasant.”

Since the controversial sign has been installed it has been vandalized with graffiti on two separate occasions.

~ with files from Yuliya Talmazan

 

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