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Aerial artwork returns to McBurney Plaza for summer

A gathering spot in downtown Langley has once again become home to an unusual, colourful art exhibit
Another vibrant aerial display, this time featuring colourful leaves, has been hung in Langley City’s McBurney Plaza for the summer. (City of Langley/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Some new colour has been added to downtown Langley City.

Once again, the Downtown Langley Business Association (DLBA) and the City have worked together to decorate McBurney Plaza for the summer.

First it was colourful umbrellas.

Last year it was vibrant ribbons stretching from end to end in the plaza.

This year, it’s been decorated with varying shapes of bright, cascading leaves.

It brings a new dash of colour and vitality to McBurney Plaza, said City Mayor Nathan Pachal, who described the aerial display as mesmerizing.

“Our chosen theme aims to evoke a sense of greenery and breeziness, resembling an urban forest tree canopy with a cooling effect,” he said in sharing the inspiration behind the concept.

“It aligns perfectly with our vision for public spaces in the City, particularly McBurney Plaza – a thriving hub of art and community, offering a safe, inviting place for people to sit, play, socialize, eat, study, or simply take a moment to reflect,” Pachal noted.

The vibrant aerial spectacle doesn’t only add to the aesthetic appeal of the city; it felt it will drive foot traffic to local businesses, said Teri James, DLBA executive director and City councillor.

“Acting as a vibrant magnet, the aerial displays pulls in vast numbers of people to downtown Langley, invigorating the city’s core and boosting our local businesses. It attracts thousands who may not have ventured here otherwise, creating a true win-win scenario for everyone involved in this partnership with Langley City,” she suggested.

“Over 15,000 people have been using the #downtownlangley hashtag because of the aerial display, which is amazing and shows that all this effort to beautify and create interest in our downtown is so worth it,” James said.

Pachal also highlights that the display is part of a bigger tradition, noting an aerial display has hung in McBurney Plaza the past three summers.

“We remain committed to exploring other exciting aerial concepts in the future,” he added.

The display will remain up, in McBurney Plaza at 20518 Fraser Hwy., until early September.

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