Public art in Vancouver. Note to future NoMa artists: Please design something nicer than this.

“NoMa” will never be SoHo. But it can always try.

The neighborhood formally known as “Swampoodle” just issued a press release soliciting applications for a $100,000 art project at the Capitol Plaza Building, located at 1200 First Street N.E. According to the press release, the committee “will consider a wide range of media including sculpture, mosaic, sidewalk insets, street furniture, stationary planters, landscaping, lighting, and painting treatments.”

Street furniture…Is that a technical term? Personally, I support art you can sit on above art you cannot sit on. If the art could feed the public too, that would be great.

More info: DCCAH is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Applications are due on March 16, 2009 by 6:00 p.m. EST; detailed information can be obtained on the NoMa BID Website ( or by contacting Dana Chieco,, phone (202) 997-3846.

Image by “Sasha*