The Blue Cabin is the very last remaining structure from the intertidal mudflats in North Vancouver. From the 1920's onward, many different dwellings, provisional and more formalized, housed a wide variety of people. Some were exceptionally creative and culturally involved. Among these were Al Neil and Carole Itter who shared this cabin. Neil was a gifted avantgarde jazz pianist and artist and Carole, an installation and performance artist.
We were engaged to restore, rebuild and repurpose the building for its future on a barge; the centrepiece as a floating artist's residency.Through the process, a sumptuous melange of meta-historical content was revealed. Multitudes of found objects, layers of applied colour and a rich outsider architectural design were photographed,recorded and archived.
The revealed layers of time from the 1920's through the counterculture years of the 70's to the present are contained in the Cabin and this wealth of both the tangible and intangible makes this structure a font of cultural history.