Canopy/Water Collection

Over the past cou­ple of weeks Kim Coop­er and I have been cre­at­ing a canopy that can also func­tion to col­lect rain water.  We ini­tial­ly met and looked over the site to see how we could take advan­tage of the nat­ur­al slope and the dif­fer­ent posts and poles already present.

We sketched out some ideas on how to use some of the remain­ing vinyl mate­r­i­al from Eric Deis’s pho­to mur­al “Last Chance” to cap­ture and fun­nel the water.

Eric Deis View of Plaza

We want­ed to use the large cedar tree but have it appear under­neath so peo­ple have to walk under the canopy to see the image.  Only hints of the B/W image would appear on the top as an enticement.

To mark out a pat­tern and take mea­sure­ments we used jute and stones.










Once we had a pat­tern in place, we went on a search for used rope at the docks by Granville Island. This took some seri­ous dig­ging through wood­en box­es filled with worn and frayed rope.











Kim laid out the pat­tern and we met to fold, mark and cut out the vinyl. It turned out that we could­n’t unfold the vinyl in my stu­dio, it was just too small. Instead, we took it across the street and unfold­ed it in the park­ing lot of a local business.









































Hav­ing cut out and marked the pat­tern, we rent­ed an indus­tri­al sewing machine to stitch the mul­ti­ple lay­ers and flaps into place. The vinyl was so large, heavy and cum­ber­some that we start­ed to refer to it as “The Beast.” It took two of us to lift it and feed it into the sewing machine.




















Even­tu­al­ly the beast was ready to take to the Lab. We decid­ed it would be eas­i­er to put the grom­mets in on-site. Using some of our scav­enged rope we hoist­ed the canopy into posi­tion so we could work on get­ting the cor­rect tension.










Once it was taught, we slid in air­line cable and clamped it into place. We then weaved in the ropes through the grom­mets in the cen­tre of the canopy. The ropes will act as a con­duit for the rain water to trav­el into the bar­rel below.

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