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‘Dude Chilling’ to get official recognition with installation of playful sign

Dude Chilling Park sign erected by an artist in Vancouver’s Guelph Park in November 2012.

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A phony Vancouver Park Board sign erected in Mount Pleasant's Guelph Park last fall – effectively renaming the green space Dude Chilling Park – will soon return to the site.

The decision came after local resident Dustin Bromley met with members of the Brewery Creek Community Garden, located in the park, earlier this week, said Park Board chair Sarah Blyth. After the sign was taken down last year, Mr. Bromley had launched an online petition calling on the city to permanently rename the space Dude Chilling Park – an idea that gained traction with the public but was quickly shot down by the city.

The realistic looking sign will soon be installed in the Brewery Creek Community Garden, which is located on the northeast section of the park and also home to the Dude Chilling Art Exchange.

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"It's a simple solution and the public overwhelmingly said they would like to see the sign in Guelph Park," Ms. Blyth said.

Emily Carr grad Victor Briestensky created and installed the sign last November, the new park name presumably a tip of the hat to the wooden, Gumby-esque dudeReclining Figure, by Michael Dennis – chilling on the grass. The sign generated buzz online but was removed by city crews the next day.

Before this week's decision, the Park Board had mulled what to do with the sign, with possible options including giving it to the Museum of Vancouver or storing it in an artists' space.

"It matters because it shows we, the Park Board, are open to fun, new ideas that the public brings to us," Ms. Blyth said. "It's art, and I hope it will bring a smile to people's faces when they see it."

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