The Vancouver Art Gallery's outdoor installation space next to the Shangri-La Hotel, the sometimes esoteric but always thought-provoking exhibits here are changed a couple of times a year. Aim for an artsy selfie or just read the explanation alongside: it often comes with some arresting concepts that may have you scratching your head.

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2. Christ Church Cathedral

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6. Marine Building

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7. Coal Harbour Seawall

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8. Jack Poole Plaza

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