The WRAP Project

The Downtown Vancouver BIA partnered with Emily Carr University of Art & Design to celebrate the creativity of students, highlight the unique character of each city block along Granville and help deter graffiti while adding to the aesthetic appeal of the street.


The result? The Wrap project.

Jingyao Chen

Jingyao (Viko) Chen, was born in China and moved to Vancouver, B.C., with her family in 2009. She loved to draw when she was young and used to doodle on the wall of her bedroom. That’s how she discovered her passion in illustration. She loves to play around with different mediums; as of now her favorite one is acrylic. 

 The Warp project was based on the shopping area around Granville Skytrain Station, where Pacific Center and several stores are located. Young people and adults like to hang out and shop, and street food is on hand. She wanted to bring the casual and fantasy feelings to the viewer, and allow them to dig more into the details and to explore Vancouver by looking at this interesting landscape.

Viko loves to create things with her imagination, which come from her strange dreams. That’s why surreal illustration is her favorite type.

She is currently studying illustration at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. She continues to follow her passion of illustration and the pursuit of her dreams. She takes freelance jobs on the area of children's illustration/ commercial illustration, painting, and storyboarding.

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