Steveston Interurban Tram Building Entryway

Submitted by Mia Weinberg

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Client: The City of Richmond, British Columbia

Location: Richmond, BC, Canada

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team

Artist

Mia Weinberg

Mia Weinberg Artist

Public Art Officer

Eric Fiss

City of Richmond

Overview

Based on a 1956 map of the tram route from Steveston to Marpole, Back on Track in Steveston is carved into the concrete platform of the Interurban Tram Building. By walking over the image of the Interurban tram route on their way into the building, visitors can appreciate a connection with Steveston’s past directly beneath their feet — stations and names that no longer exist. Back on Track in Steveston stimulates memories for those who remember the days of riding the Interurban: stories that can be passed on to younger generations who never had that opportunity. Mia Weinberg creates public art that explores connections between the places where we live, personal memories, and our collective civic and cultural stories.

Goals

The Steveston Interurban Tram Building is to provide a permanent home for Interurban Tram Car No. 1220 and enhance interpretive opportunities and public accessibility, while allowing for restoration and maintenance. The public art theme should reflect the history and heritage of tram transportation (specifically the Marpole-Steveston Line) and/or the people who would have used the tram. The artwork will be embedded or transposed onto the outdoor platform concrete (approximately 14 feet x 32 feet)