We were so happy to unveil our latest addition to OPUS Loves Local with artist Cathy High’s new Love Me exterior art installation.

While celebrating our 15th anniversary with a new external art wall piece ‘Love Me’ by local artist Cathy High, we also had a big birthday bash. We want to share some of the highlites with you!

Cathy High wanted to use our exterior wall to bring some love and playfulness into people’s lives, after occupying the space of the highly photographed and acclaimed “It’s Love Baby” artwork, which came first to the hotel facade on Hamilton Street earlier this year.

“I hope people can appreciate the timeless quality of First Nations’ art and take an interest in what inspired the original totem pole to be carved,” High says, referencing the image of the Kakaso’Las totem pole carved by Ellen Neel for Woodward’s in 1955 (now displayed in Stanley Park). “I was drawn to the prominence of women in Indigenous art; this image is of a Dzunukwa, the Wild Woman of the Woods. The original painting is called Kiss and I wanted it to be an expression of how I saw those legendary creatures on the totem poles.”

Our local art program began in 2013 with the addition of local artwork during the room refresh when Tiko Kerr’s bold urban Vancouver watercolors, Taizo Yamamoto’s thought provoking shopping carts, and Mark Mizgala’s controversial water pistols were all added to the brightly coloured rooms. More recent public space additions include the Justin Trudeau mosaic portrait by celebrated artist Jason Daussaul and a standing surf board installation called Kiss the Cook.

Our wall has become a selfie hotspot in Vancouver, with the rotating local art garnering attention from Instagram influencers and inquisitive visitors - follow along! #OpusLovesLocal #ItsLoveBaby and now #LoveMe