Bas-Relief Panels at Menkis Tower


1788 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver BC

Leon Menkis

3 original sculptures for casting into 21 concrete inlay panels

Sanderson Concrete

The concrete bas-relief sculptures located within the brickwork at 1788 West 8th Avenue were completed as an art commission for the building owner during the construction phase of the building. The owner had expressed a desire to enhance the architecture with natural animal figures as part of the exterior wall treatment on the new building. The resulting creative process involved the making of 3 clay bas-relief originals inspired by coastal animal imagery, and providing cast plaster copies to a precast trade for production into 21 brick inlay panels.  The concrete panels have withstood the elements of weather and remain a unique and personal touch to the facade of the building.

The work also included revising a method of anchoring the panels to the facade & coordinating with the structural seismic engineer on that design.


The firm Art Cader Architect Incorporated is focused on providing simple, elegant and innovative design solutions for a wide variety of clients and project types.

Project experience includes institutional work in the university campus research and teaching environment, science and medical based laboratory alterations, healthcare feasibility studies, and single family housing.

As an overall philosophy, the merging of art and science through opportunities in architecture is a long term goal for the firm.

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- Healthcare
- Commercial + Office Uses
- Museum + Exhibition Spaces
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Interior Design
Feasibility Studies
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Site Analysis
Equipment Coordination
Field Services + Contract Administration
Art + Sculpture


Art Cader Architect Inc.
212-1807 Maritime Mews
Vancouver, BC V6H 3W7 Canada
Phone: 604-558-2782
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