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Lying right in the center of the Olympic Village Square is a quirky sculpture called The Birds. Comprising of a male and a female house sparrow, the fascinating yet bizarre sculpture was designed by Myfanwy MacLeod. Inspired by the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie that goes by the same name, the sculpture is about five meters (16.40 feet) tall and was one of the first and the last piece of public art to be approved by the city. The birds are meant to depict immigration and considering how they seem alien and exotic to the backdrop at first, but eventually become ever-present, the ideas and intent of the designer get expressed quite splendidly. If you are in the city, definitely head to the square, to get a glimpse of this unusual sculpture.
One of the 24 community recreational centers spread all over the city, the Creekside Community Recreation Centre, set overlooking False Creek, is a fine example of a sustainable facility using 50 percent less energy than a conventionally built structure, implementing such advanced, intelligent approaches as rainwater harvesting, solar power, and green roof technology. Built to serve the local community, this center boasts an array of facilities, like a fitness center, a gymnasium, and a dance studio, which come appointed with modern equipments, to maintain the center's standards. There are also numerous multi-functional rooms at the center, which can be rented for various purposes. See the website for further information.
If you are looking for a good time at an unpretentious place that's known for exciting music, then head to the Open Studios at Mount Pleasant. This splendid venue, which also doubles up as a party house, is known for hosting DJs and bands that give out some excellent music. DJs pack a punch with thumping house and electronic music, while indie rock bands give out some awesome, foot-tapping tunes. Make sure you visit Open Studios enjoy your night in Vancouver.
An art lovers' home, Catriona Jeffries Gallery provides a variety of discourses since 1994. The contemporary art scene at the venue exposes you to the works of renowned Canadian and international artists like Ron Terada, Damian Moppett, Brian Jungen, Geoffrey Farmer etc. to name a few. Treat yourselves to their historical documents, art works and collections and encourage the ambitions of new and established talents. The interactive exhibitions also gives an opportunity to learn and understand their beautiful creations. Whilst in Vancouver, this place is a must-visit! For more information, visit their website or call ahead.