September 2022: The BC Heritage Labour Centre is dedicating a memorial to honour the victims of asbestos exposure on September 22 at 10 am at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. The memorial is being installed with the support of the Province of BC, PavCo, and WorkSafeBC.
Magic and Lethal: The Asbestos Memorial
Honouring the Victims of Asbestos Exposure
Join for the official dedication: Register online or RSVP by email.
September 22, 2022 | 10:00 am
Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
Indoor reception to follow
The Wind Wheel Mobile by Vancouver artist Doug R Taylor is a dynamic kinetic sculpture, driven only by the wind. Rich in symbolism, it is destined to become one of Vancouver’s most iconic images. The memorial will honour the thousands who have died, and continue to die from asbestos exposure. It will spark public awareness of the ongoing danger that surrounds us.
The memorial is being installed on the north-west corner of the waterfront path of the Vancouver Convention Centre. This sits at the foot of the “Line of Work” installation that profiles workers killed and injured on the job. It faces Burrard Inlet, where for decades asbestos was loaded into ships for export.
Learn more about asbestos exposure and the burden of related occupational cancers in BC: Asbestos in BC Fact Sheet.