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There’s no question about it… love and relationships are complex. In the spirit of ‘a picture being worth a thousand words’, I think this lovely illustration by Richard Mcguire for a 2010 June edition of The New Yorker speaks quite profoundly on the subject. It’s also a beautiful cover. Vive l’editorial!

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My friend and esteemed colleague Jenn Lawrence is a fantastic graphic designer and all around creative dynamo. A few years back she created and shared this amazing illustration featuring a character named Mr. Corn. In this case he’s implicated in what some of you will recognize as the Christmas nativity scene. This little gem will be occupy my desktop for the next month.

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So I live and work near Gastown in Vancouver’s lower east side. Our office sits exactly halfway between a liquor store and several low income houses, SRO’s and shelters, making the covered loading dock in our back lane the idea venue for folks looking to stop for a drink or two. This ledge is frequented daily and has become a well known meeting spot in the neighborhood.

Seeing this gave me the idea to ‘dress up’ these locations to resemble well furnished and desirable venues. Of course painting a plush couch and chandelier does nothing to solve the problems of Vancouver’s lower east side but maybe it does inject some enjoyment for those using the venue. This may also roll out into a greater project, designed to bring awareness to homelessness by seeing the nooks and crevasses of the urban landscape through the eyes of it’s inhabitants.