In any good neighbourhood you will find a range of personality types – the hoity-toity one, the space-cadet, the sensitive one, the intellectual, the dreamer, the complete nutter – you know, the usual crowd. Between Broughton and Jervis on Pendrell Street in the West End of Vancouver, you can find all of the above, just hanging out on the sidewalk (see below).
Some creative person has attached facial features to all the trees that line both sides of the street. They have put up a sign calling it ‘Kristi Lane’. A clue to the artist perhaps? Kristi is that you doing this? It’s hard to imagine anything could have improved this idyllic urban spot, but these have. They have given it a little bit more charm. In doing so, they draw your attention to the character of the trees, where variety of bark texture helps defines the look of each one. Some are more weathered than others, with cracks and lines around their eyes. Others have fared better with smoother complexions. Breadth also varies, some are thin, others more porky and there’s clearly a genetic mix.
Kristi Lane tree faces make you smile and they are there for everyone to enjoy. So thanks to the artist, whoever you are.