Intermission: Fire with Fire

Posted by Andrew Price

Fire-With-FireThis awesome trompe l'oeil video installation in Vancouver is called "Fire with Fire." It's by the artist Isabelle Hayeur and is meant as a comment on the neglect, and then gentrification, of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighborhood.From the artist's statement:

It is striking that the history of the Downtown Eastside began in destruction and disappearance. In 1886, soon after the city was incorporated, the Great Vancouver Fire swept down on the neighbourhood and razed almost all of it to the ground. The video installation Fire with Fire recalls this troubled period of Vancouver's history. It also alludes to the neighbourhood's present conditions by reminding us that many lives have been consumed there, worn down by years of homelessness, drug use, street prostitution, and violence.
From the video, it looks like it fooled the Vancouver police department as well.Via Eyeteeth