“I was particularly moved by Squamish Nation weaver Shelley Thomas’s recreation of the ancestral blanket Chief Joe Capilano wore when he famously met with King Edward VII in London in 1906 to appeal for Indigenous rights…”
Globe and Mail’s Marsha Lederman
Viewed from the SeaBus as it sails north across Burrard Inlet, the Polygon Gallery glitters in the autumn sunshine. The building commands and charms its North Vancouver waterfront location, just east of Lonsdale Quay Market, and, yes, it truly glitters, the polished steel and perforated aluminum of its upper façade reflecting and refracting the light. Inside the big, bright lobby, director and curator Reid Shier is supervising the placement of the inaugural show’s signage. The large vinyl letters of N.VANCOUVER march across the title wall and into the stairwell.
It’s a safe bet that many of the people who visit the Polygon Gallery for its free opening this weekend will be motivated by curiosity about the building. This $18-million, 25,000-square-foot gallery has risen on North Vancouver’s waterfront; a gleaming new beacon for SeaBus passengers as they chug across the Burrard Inlet from Vancouver. It’s sure to be a game changer for the Lonsdale Quay neighbourhood; there’s a lot more to do here now than meander through a so-so public market. And from inside the gallery, visitors will be treated to jaw-dropping views of the Vancouver skyline to the south.