POP-UP PICNIC AREAS, RICHMOND BC
Richmond is well known for its culinary scene; people travel here just to eat, and our residents love to eat! During the pandemic, restaurants have been hard hit with fewer people wanting to dine indoors, and restaurant capacity has been cut to allow for physical distancing. Grabbing takeout and eating outdoors with your ‘bubble’ has been a safe and desirable activity during the pandemic
Tourism Richmond has launched the Pacific. Authentic. Pop-up Picnic Areas this summer to provide an inviting place to safely dine outside in places that are close to restaurants. The picnic tables will capture the Pacific. Authentic. brand essence by using brand elements and colours. Limited edition tables have been created by local artists in celebration of Richmond's pacific culture.
Pop-Up Picnic Area Locations
There are seven Pop-Up Picnic Area locations in Central Richmond and Steveston Village. Please see below for a map of all locations and the number of tables available at each location:
Artists behind the Tables
Dawn Lo is an illustrator whose work has appeared in picture books, stationery, greeting cards, public art installations, and more! Born in Hong Kong, she is currently based in the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC.
Dawn Lo incorporated her Asian heritage to design a hotpot inspired picnic table. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Originating from China, hotpot is a popular cooking method that encourages diners to share and add a variety of ingredients like meat, veggies, tofu, even leftover food, to a boiling broth. The interesting thing about hotpot is that it is a brand new experience each time.
The flavours differ depending on the ingredients combination and the atmosphere differs depending on the companies. In the illustration, you can see the characters are coming together for this communal dining experience - different fun ingredients are thrown into the pot!
Dawn used mainly bold and simple shapes featuring a bright colour palette to create a cheerful and inviting imagery. Just like hotpot, she hopes that this illustration conveys the feelings of community, diversity and connectivity of what these picnic areas can bring to the Richmond space.
You can find Dawn's picnic table located on the Aberdeen Centre entrance on corner of Browngate Road & Hazelbridge Way (number 4 on the above map).
Jeni Chen born in Taiwan, moved to Richmond, Canada with her family when she was a teenager. As a kid, Jeni loved to draw but stopped when she decided to pursue a more practical career in science. After the birth of her son, Jeni picked up her childhood passion and obtained a Fine Art Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Since then,
Jeni has been selected for several public art programs in her city. Currently, she is working on her debut picture book Emet’s Box to be published in spring 2022. And for fun, Jeni draws a webcomic series EJ Rascal about family life with her elementary school-aged son.
Jeni Chen's wanted to connect Richmond's natutral heritage with tourism. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Richmond is an Island City by nature and home to YVR International Airport, a gateway to and from destinations around the world. This concept connects Richmond’s natural heritage with tourism.
When kids and family are using the picnic table, they can pretend to be an airplane, trace the runway and imagine taking off into the surrounding area! You can find Jeni's picnic table located at Lansdowne Centre- By Canada Line (number 2 on the above map).
Bea is a character animator, certified medical illustrator (CMI), nature journaler, educator and Fulbright Scholar with a medical background. With curiosity and enthusiasm, her goal is to craft entertaining, inspiring and educational stories, merging art with science in both digital and traditional media in a creative collaborative environment.
As an educator, my goal is to create a safe space to support creativity, curiosity and artistic development of people of all ages. Bea recently launched Curiosity, Creativity and Beyond, thanks to Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, which contains free and easy to follow "how-to-draw" animals and plants videos.
Educate yourself at Bea Martin's bird inspired picnic table design. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Bea had several goals for this design, in terms of community engagement, she wanted to promote education and preservation of bird species found around Richmond and their habitats. She also wanted to create an experience for kids and grown-ups while they sit at the picnic table and help create fond memories for friends and families that can finally reunite and spend time together again.
But also, to foster curiosity of the natural world around us and engage our community in identifying and helping preserve Richmond natural habitats. Bea has dedicated this design to her uncle and grandma, both painters. You can find Bea's picnic table located at at the park next to the Gulf Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (number 6 on the above map).
Crystal (she/her) is a Taiwanese Canadian settler working on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Nations. Crystal is a program coordinator who organizes and promotes cultural programs that help create a sense of community amongst diverse neighbours.
Crystal enjoys talking with community members, creating efficiencies, working with creatives, and writing about art. She enjoys feedback even when program changes are not yet possible. In her personal practice, she makes illustrations and paintings for indoor and outdoor spaces. Crystal holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Visual Arts. Click here for more information on Crystal’s work.
Crystal Lan's Design is all about the conversations and communities created when sharing a meal. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
This bench illustration celebrates the conversations and communities created when sharing a meal. While we may not all remember eating from a bright red picnic blanket, the artists hope that you can also enjoy a meal on this picnic bench. You can find Crystal's picnic table located at Steveston Town Square Park (number 5 on the above map).
Laura Kwok is an artist and illustrator with a wild heart, young spirit, and old soul. She is captivated by the beauty of nature and her artwork is merely a small ode to the grandeur of the natural world. Her recent work focuses on capturing the fluid and ethereal life cycles of flowers and creating a personal language of floral symbolism as a means of self-expression.
Laura is curious about how art plays a therapeutic role in healing humans, creating connections, and strengthening communities.
Laura Kwok's vibrant and joyful design. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
This table design depicts the quintessential picnic feast. From the watermelon and ice-cream, to the red and white gingham accents, this illustration incorporates all the picnic peculiarities and creates a sense of summer filled with friends, family, and food.
Joining together for a meal facilitates conversation and community, and Laura wanted to celebrate those elements with this vibrant and joyful design. You can find Laura's picnic table located at CF Richmond's Centre upper parking lot outside of the Food Court (number 3 on the above map). You can stay up to date with Laura's creations here.
While Steven has always enjoyed drawing, painting, playing guitar and writing music his current passion is creating unique art pieces with beachcombing finds from along the Fraser River. You can stay up to date with his creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Steven LaRocca's design is in recognition of Richmond as an island city. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
This design was created in recognition of Richmond as an island city. Lulu Island is one of the 17 island that make up Richmond and is the most populated island in Richmond which stretches from Steveston to just before Queensborough.
A land acknowledgement to the First Nations via the script “Traditional Unceded Territory of the Halkomelem People was included on the creation. You can find Steven's picnic table located at Lansdowne Centre- By T&T Supermarket (number 1 on the above map).
Mark Glavina studied graphic design and Illustration at Capilano College and has worked as a teacher and illustrator with various contracts including background painting for animation and private contracts and commissions as well as established a reputation as a muralist. In the 90’s he turned to developing his own fine art, exploring environmental and cultural issues, as well as working with the figure and portrait. Mark has been teaching and facilitating art for over 20 years encouraging the benefits of art education for all ages and a pioneer of Community Public Art.
This design by Mark and Co is inspired by the mighty Fraser River. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Mark used this opportunity to create a youth project and a couple of his youth artists joined him creating these wonderful two tables.
One table represents the serenity of lying under a big ol'e tree, the second sitting on the river rock next to the river teeming with life. The locations of both these tables lends itself to their designs.
Mark has said that the the big old dying tree at the shipyard in front of the Murakami Garden was the inspiration for the tree table and the mighty Fraser River draining smaller rivers and streams throughout the province and spawning grounds for our important but fleeting Salmon industry inspired the second bench (pictured above).
You can find Mark's picnic table located at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (number 7 on the above map).