For the past four summers, the City of Vancouver has organized the Robson Redux, a design competition for a temporary public installation in the 800-block of Robson Street. Previous installations have included giant bean bags and super-curvy benches.
Cheryl Nelms with the City of Vancouver says there were 81 submissions this year, with entries arriving from New York, Seoul and Vienna.
"I think the big unique piece of this competition is we have a build portion," Nelms told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff.
"This is not just a competition where you're just designing something, but it's actually going to get built."
The Robson Redux competition budgets up to $40,000 to build the installation, and offers a $5000 honorarium to the winning design team.
A panel of architects and artists will pick the winning design, but Vancouverites have until Mar. 15 to vote online or at the Museum of Vancouver — which is currently showcasing all the design entries — for the so-called People's Choice Award.
To hear the full interview with Cheryl Nelms, click on the audio labelled: Wacky, creative designs aim to transform Vancouver's Robson Street.