For as long as we can remember, we’ve loved the curving, evocative mosaic that brightens the entrance to the Indonesian Consulate at 1630 Alberni Street in Coal Harbour. Check it out the next time you pay a visit to The Fat Badger, located right next door. It’s really hard to miss.
It’s origins – with regal stag, conifers, blue-purple mountains – remains unknown to us. We’re pretty sure that the work of art predates the consulate’s arrival in 1998. Previously, the address housed The Raintree, a pioneering restaurant focusing on local food (well before that became a “thing”) from 1989 to 1995, when it moved to Water Street in Gastown, staying there until its ultimate end in 2002.
Was the mosaic a design motif of the original Raintree? Memory fails us. Perhaps it was there in all its colourful glory well before the restaurant even arrived? If you can chart its provenance more thoroughly, please fascinate us!