2020 PAINTING CONSERVATION PROJECT
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden transports visitors on an unparalleled journey through time and space as you discover the beautiful architecture, design, and origins, of this stunning Vancouver landmark.
Nowhere is this more pronounced than when strolling through the stunning corridors and walkways of the Garden. The high ceiling rafters made of camphor-wood, coupled with the elegantly crafted pillars of prized nan-wood and lacquered Chinese fir, along with the delicate latticework found on screens and railings, all combine to showcase the craftsmanship and skill of the 52 artisans that worked to construct this beautiful space, using only traditional mortise-and-tenon building techniques from the 1500s, which allow for no nails, screws, or glue when building.
In an effort to protect and preserve the extraordinary craftsmanship of this woodwork the Garden worked alongside our partners at the Vancouver Park Board, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and Heritage BC, to restore the true colours of key sections of the Garden, bringing out the Garden’s original vibrancy and enhancing its unique cultural characteristics.
Due to the unique and delicate nature of this restoration work, our conservation team collaborated with skilled painters and heritage specialists who have closely studied the work of the original artisans who traveled from China to construct the Garden.
Throughout July and August 2020, this team of specialists this team of specialist painters worked their way around the Garden removing and restoring sections of paintwork.
As a visitor to the Garden your admission has directly supported our ongoing conservation efforts and our goal to protect this beautiful space for many generations to come.