Real estate mogul Bob Rennie commissioned artist Martin Creed to install his artwork as part of a restoration project. The Wing Sang building is the oldest building in Chinatown. The phrase “Everything is going to be alright” is a reference to the 2010 Olympic games (and fear of), and also a hopeful message to the Downtown Eastside in general.
I had to take the picture from a block away, over the top of Sun Yat Sen Gardens... It makes me smile every time I see it.